Dear media

Dear media,

“Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.”

Those are the words of Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel in their book, The Elements of Journalism.

You have the moral and ethical obligation to tell the truth. Can you start calling these people “terrorists?”  The definition of terrorism is, as I’ve already said, “the art of terrorizing; the use of force to demoralize, intimidate and subjugate, esp. such use as political weaponry or policy.” These terrorists were planning on murdering a police officer (a government employee) and inciting violence against the government. That, to me, fits the definition of terrorism perfectly. Why can’t you see that? I checked the AP Stylebook and no where does it say you cannot call terrorists terrorists.  Calling them terrorists is telling the truth, the first obligation we have.

While we’re at it, can you stop giving Sarah Palin so much coverage? A mere 18  months ago, she decried the media; now, she’s a member of the media (not to mention a washed-up has-been). She’s the only member of the media and political figure who can use Facebook and Twitter as her sole means of discussion.

Jeremy Scahill, winner of the Izzy Award for best independent journalism, has some words for you.  How about this?

Sincerely,

Nathan Wingert

P.S. Please watch this.

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