Reading Roger Simon’s July 28, 2010 political column from Politico, “Journolist veers out of bounds” left me wondering.
Simon wrote about the Journolist’s demise, saying it’s creator, Ezra Klein unleashed a Frankenstein when he created a listserv of political reporters, academics, think tank members, and left-wing bloggers that grew to 400 members with no censorship, per se. Some of its content was picked up by conservative website The Daily Caller, run by Tucker Carlson, who printed the some of the most provocative: those which gave every appearance of a left-wing conspiracy to slant news coverage in favor of Barack Obama.
The column closes with this quote from Stanley Walker, a newspaper editor in the 1920’s and ’30’s, who, if he was writing today, would likely include women in his statement.
“What makes a good newspaperman? The answer is easy. He knows everything. He is aware not only of what goes on in the world today, but his brain is a repository of the accumulated wisdom of the ages.
“He hates lies and meanness and sham, but keeps his temper. He is loyal to his paper and to what he looks upon as his profession; whether it is a profession or merely a craft, he resents attempts to debase it.”
So I wondered, what makes a good creativity professional?