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252 days ago.
by blogger57
Dearabby33
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Enthusiasm vs. Ethics

A reporter is the proverbial “elephant” in the room: everyone knows he’s there but they do their best to overlook him. By definition, his job is to report his findings without bias. By tradition he is to remain silent during a meeting, even in settings where public comment is encouraged, because he is there to report the news, not to participate or make the headlines himself. Should a reporter speak out, he could easily influence the course of an important discussion, thus slanting his own story. Instead, he must bite his tongue and hold himself to a higher standard of ethics, saving his questions for a better time and place. (Continued)

 
 

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blogger57

To finish my sentence, just the facts. The citizens of this community who are unable to attend the meetings have a right to know what is going on at the meetings. Shame on that reporter AND his father for asking questions while the mayor sat there and continued to lie and then backtrack to cover it up. I applaud Mr. King for having the backbone to stand up to the unethical behavior that has overtaken this community. It's time to restore some respect in our city government, isn't that what you're asking for? You want him to seek the respect of public officials? You have to earn respect and that doesn't come by being deceitful and unethical.

Posted 252 days ago.

blogger57

6silvermoonbeams: It doesn't a lot of brain power to read between the lines of your rambling. It's obvious that the reporter to whom you are referring is getting a little to close for your comfort. He is reporting exactly what has been transpiring during what some people refer to as the city council meetings. After attending a few of these meetings out of curiosity and a genuine concern for this lovely community, the only word that came to my mind was "a comedy of errors". You had a resignation letter read that was from a councilman who sounded like a 4 year old whining that he was getting picked on. Then there's the mayor who, while knowing that the replacement of two council members was on the agenda, had no clue of what the procedure was to accomplish that agenda item. The most glaring detail was the absence of the city recorder. The write-up in today's paper was exactly as it happened in the last meeting. No bias, no controversy, no stirring the pot, just the fa

Posted 252 days ago.

6silvermoonbeams

Thank you, Rand Paul. Wikipedia to the rescue!

Posted 254 days ago.

OurTownResources

Want to read more of the defination readi the whole thing at Our Town Resources facebook site!

Posted 260 days ago.

OurTownResources

Originally, an enthusiast was a person possessed by a god. Applied by the Greeks to manifestations of divine possession, by Apollo (as in the case of the Pythia), or by Dionysus (as in the case of the Bacchantes and Maenads), the term enthusiasm was also used in a transferred or figurative sense. Socrates taught that the inspiration of poets is a form of enthusiasm. Its uses were confined to a belief in religious inspiration, or to intense religious fervor or emotion. Thus, a Syrian sect of the 4th century was known as the Enthusiasts. They believed that "by perpetual prayer, ascetic practices and contemplation, man could become inspired by the Holy Spirit, in spite of the ruling evil spirit, which the fall had given to him". From their belief in the efficacy of prayer, they were also known as Euchites. ...more added

Posted 260 days ago.

OurTownResources

Enthusiasm vs. Ethics So enthusiasm is explained as a force and action of goodness based on the ‘condemnation of their peers at the time. And ethics is an ever changing set of moral ideas based on those who in society at the time decide what it is.

To make a singular condemnation about someone under the influence of either is, by their own definition is impossible. Also every month that goes by proves that the current majority do NOT agree with your current hypothesis. – Finally the ‘REAL’ Mark Walker 304 212-2358! Look below at the definitions of both.

Enthusiasm originally meant inspiration or possession by a divine afflatus or by the presence of a god. Johnson's Dictionary, the first comprehensive dictionary of the English language, defines enthusiasm as "a vain belief of private revelation; a vain confidence of divine favor or communication." In current English vernacular the word simply means intense enjoyment, interest, or approval. ....more addded

Posted 260 days ago.

6silvermoonbeams

I wonder, do Mark Walker, Jeff Christner, Mark Klages, Bill Rice and Alex King get together and rehearse these performances before the City Council meetings? It's obvious these theatrics are designed to make dramatic headlines and create hostile feelings toward the council, the mayor and the City Recorder. Besides trying to get Rice re-elected as mayor, what are their other motives? Who else are they trying to benefit?

Posted 280 days ago.

Dearabby33

I'm afraid I enjoy retirement far too much to return to the workforce. Thank you for the kind words, though.

Posted 280 days ago.

6silvermoonbeams

Dearabby--your post is the best thing I have read in this paper since Jonay Corley left. Maybe Ogden Publications allows this type of sensationalist journalism to continue because they believe it sells more papers, but they should fire the Geraldo Rivera wannabe and hire you instead.

Posted 284 days ago.

Dearabby33

Recently it has been brought to my attention that a local reporter has been interjecting his opinion into the stories he writes in an effort to make a name for himself. While I applaud the enthusiasm of this young writer, it should be noted this type of journalism belongs in the pages of a tabloid, and not above the fold of the county newspaper. Hard news makes for a good read, but only if the content is true and unbiased.

Next time you have a question during a meeting, young lad, ask it after the quorum is adjourned. The “public forum” is for the citizens, not for the reporters. While I’m sure you are a member of the community, once you put on your “reporter hat” and pick up your pen you forfeit your rights as the latter.

Posted 287 days ago.

Dearabby33

A reporter should seek the respect of public officials and the community, even though he is bound by his profession to report the good and the bad. And while everyone knows there is no such thing as an off-the-record comment, he should never violate professional courtesy by attempting to record a conversation on the sly. Establishing trust is vital to the small-town journalist. Without it, you will find yourself cut off from any potential leads.

While a reporter will encounter controversy almost daily, it is not his job to create an issue where one does not exist. Stirring the pot may bring something to the surface, but good investigative reporting is based on solid facts and strong leads – not rumors, innuendo or skewed versions of the truth. (Continued)

Posted 287 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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