Blood In The Sand

Posted: April 01, 2003

MAYBE journalists are different from the rest of the world. After all, the entire accounting industry didn't rise en masse to apologize for the shortcomings of Arthur Andersen during the Enron mess. Yet, we feel compelled to apologize to the public for Geraldo Riveria.

Journalism is a serious business - especially when the subject is war and lives, both American and foreign, are on the line. During this war, we've seen some exemplary print and broadcast journalism. But even a battle for the soul of a Middle East nation isn't big enough to eclipse the egos of some TV personalities.

Peter Arnett is a serious guy who made the serious blunder of giving Iraq's propaganda TV an interview. At least he apologized. We're still waiting to hear from the SuperEgo known as Geraldo, who stupidly sketched out a battle plan in the sand for his TV audience. The military wants him expelled from the country. If only the profession could do the same. *

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