Back Story: Journalists need to toughen up

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Aug. 9, 2012, 9:34 p.m. | Op-ed — by Michael Willard

Kyiv Post CEO Michael Willard
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Michael Willard

At the Kyiv Post, journalists don’t show news sources their quotes or stories containing them before they go to print, though this is a common practice among many Ukrainian publications.

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carl Aug. 9, 2012, 11:02 p.m.    

That was a great OP-ED Mr.Willard. You and others who hold themselves to a high standard are true journalists.

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Mykhayl Aug. 11, 2012, 10:21 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

American idealism QUOTE: "...There seems a tendency to relax good journalistic practices.
After the Watergate scandal that brought down American President Richard Nixon in 1974, the journalism profession soared to new professional and ethical heights in the United States...." QUIT QUOTE
Watergate was the excuse not reason. The reason evoked from the turbulent mood of horror, outrage and shock in the wake of a president shootings his own "...four dead in Ohio" on May 4, 1970 and children at that.

QUOTE: "...At the Kyiv Post, showing a source a story – without extraordinary extenuating circumstances – is considered a firing offense...
We need to get back to that earlier time. Or, paraphrasing the Washington Post ombudsman, some journalists need to get a backbone. ..." QUIT QUOTE
A lofty goal for the Kyiv Post reporting from... Soviet alumni Kiev where they say one thing, think another and do a third. "When shall we get ourselves a Washington. To promulgate his new and righteous law? But someday we shall surely find the man..." Bard Taras Shevchenko, 1848 .

The West / Roman / Occident sets on the how. The East / Greco / Orient ascends the why. The Minor [near, little] / Ruc'ian / Acronym mitigate for delight. While the Major [far, great] / Byzantine / Machiavellian manipulate devices. Mr Willard are you flying the bicolor or tricolor?

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