NAHJ Urges Aguilar Reinstatement
"Aguilar was suspended after interviewing a 70-year-old man who shot and killed two burglars at his business. She was suspended after a deluge of calls and criticism by bloggers. NAHJ affirms that journalistic principles, not special-interest driven community response, should determine if a reporter stays on the air."Yes, a "special-interest driven community response" is happening. It's called the "fed up to here with biased bullshit as news" special-interest group. An astute observer will note there was no blogswarm concerning previous stories by Ms. Aguilar, or about Mr. Walton, just this particular one.
The NAHJ fails to mention that Aguilar stood in Mr. Walton's car door, preventing him from closing it and backing out of his parking place. They fail to mention the accusatory tone and bias in her voice as she reduced a WWII veteran to tears. Mr. Walton was forced to defend his integrity within days of twice defending his life. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists does not mention that the journalistic principles they speak of are available for all to review.
1. Journalism's first obligation is to the truth.
2. It's first loyalty is to citizens.
3. It's essence is a discipline of verification.
4. It's practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
7. It must strive to make the significant interesting and relevant.
8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
9. It's practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
It appears the NAHJ is more interested in their posterchild for journalistic integrity, not in the journalistic principles they claim to uphold. What do you think? Go here to tell 'em!
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