RIGHT WING PUNDIT Ann Coulter used hints of information gleaned from a Mark Bowden Los Angeles Times column and turned Bowden into the ultimate anti-war, left wing liberal, anti-American naysayer.
The problem is that she got the whole story wrong, Bowden says in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.
The real danger isn't that Coulter's story was syndicated and published across the country. The real danger is that other journalists will find the story and use the information, perpetuating the false information.
"It seems to me that real journalism is the opposite of this," Bowden writes. "We make our best contributions when revealing that something widely believed to be true is not. This requires, first, that you do not begin with a conclusion. You do not assume to know the truth about anything before you begin reporting. In my experience, the truth is usually surprising."
This isn't about politics. This is about quality journalism.
Do your own reporting. Use information for good, not evil. Remember that we have a huge impact on the communities we serve.
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