I came across this quote recently in The Week. It’s from From Why I Decided War Reporting Was No Longer Worth the Risk by Tom A. Peter for The New Republic.
I’ve often wondered about the risks that reporters, myself included, take in order to cover war. In the wake of [American Journalist James Foley‘s] death, these questions weigh on me more heavily than ever… Covering wars for a polarized nation has destroyed the civic mission I once found in journalism. Why risk it all to get the facts for people who increasingly seem only to seek out the information they want and brand the stories and facts that don’t conform to their opinions as biased or inaccurate?
I have a lot of respect for most professional journalists, but I can’t deny that I’d probably feel the same way if I were Peter.