“Journalists” Here and Abroad, Yesterday and Today

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Thoughts about journalists in our day tend to be somewhat tainted and jaded–and for that you have to blame the journalists themselves. Let’s face it, bastions of truth and accuracy the journalists have not been. I, with others, have labeled them as “the prostitute press” and in the main, I don’t think that’s too far off.

In my library I have some books for enjoyable reading. One of those is one called The Red Fox, written by Anthony Hyde. It’s fiction, but in it Mr. Hyde makes several observations that are worth some reflection. For instance, on page 53, one of the characters in the story asks the question “Who rules the rulers?” That’s something many of us have asked for a long time, and in some instances where we could, tried to answer it. It’s a question worth considering, although most people won’t.

On page 233 he discusses Soviet “journalists” and seeks to compare them to western journalists to point out the differences. I don’t doubt, when he got this book published (1985) he thought it was an honest question. Today I’m not so sure. The Red

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