No. If you're paid and trained as a journalist you're a professional. Otherwise you're just a volunteer, no matter how talented. (See Ellison's "Pay The Writer".)FrankChurch wrote:I have no idea whatsoever what professional means. If you tell someone what's going on you are a journalist.
No. They can't. Ethics are only a part of the skillset. There are also some writing/reporting skills, the ability to convey the information efficiently and effectively, and the ability to cover a story as it should be covered.FrankChurch wrote: This is the punk ethic writ large. Anybody can be a good journalist, if they understand the ethics behind it.
So, for every billion professionals hack you can name, I will name a thousand times that number in journalist wannabees who are even worse hacks. What's your point?FrankChurch wrote:I can name a billion "professional" Journalists who are complete hacks--Thomas Friedman for one.
No, Ozzy and Dylan were commentators and singers and would tell you as such. Moore is a journalist, with a minor in entertainment.FrankChurch wrote: Bob Dylan is a journalist, even Ozzy with War Pigs. Michael Moore is a slanted journalist, but he is one.
Mill is wrong. You have to have all pertinent sides. There's a lot of chaff that could be included but is unnecessary. Having all sides represented is like teaching evolutionary science in the classroom and insisting Creationism must be considered.FrankChurch wrote: As John Stewart Mill said, you have to have all sides included in looking at facts.
FrankChurch wrote:Disagreeable opinions and agreeable, because you never know when an agreeable opinion will become disagreeable and the inverse. Slavery used to be agreeable, now it is verboten. Forced sterilization is still agreeable in China. I do think there should be editorial standards, but that doesn't mean you can decide Noam Chomsky is a kook but Richard Haas is wonderful.
Vast difference between social theory/practice and journalistic integrity. I don't get your connection.
And I CAN reach the conclusion Chomsky is a kook and Haas is wonderful if I've read their works and can honestly report my findings. The people who don't do the legwork -- like the amateurs you're defending -- are the ones you're objecting to.
(BTW - Have you noticed you've boxed yourself in regarding the Palestinian situation? You're demanding all sides need to be understood and considered for the entire story to be told, but you've said on many occasion you don't care about the Israeli government's point of view.)