LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Other side of Naval War College story missing

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Other side of Naval War College story missing

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Other side of Naval War College story missing “Journalists at the Associated Press utilize a set of standards and practices that safeguards AP stories from bias and inaccuracies … It is our job — more than ever before — to report the news accurately and honestly.” Oh really? It would appear the AP story “Navy probing claims against war college leader” stands apart from AP standards. What begins as “multiple” current and former college employees is later referred to as “five” current and former employees. Have the reporters and/or editor(s) of this piece never heard of disgruntled employees? Did the reporters seek access to any of the other 700 employees or 1,600 students referenced in the article to refute the claims? Did the editors at the AP insist the reporters attempt to find the “other side” of the story and report counter claims, if not facts? There is always another side to any story, and there are always facts, not just accusations. Reporting innuendo and unsubstantiated claims is easy. Famed reporter Bob Woodward recently told a group of students — aspiring reporters — at the University of Chicago, “the key (to good reporting) is to surround the problem and find everyone who might know something about it…. You never have enough [information]. You’re never done.” Through poor research and investigation (or lack thereof), the Associated Press — via its own actions — has not only become party to a “hatchet job,” but also the worldwide venue through which a […]

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