To the Editor,
Re: Journalism matters here, Editorial, July 7.
Some time ago the Bulletin informed its readers that it was a part of the Journalism Is campaign, promoting the value of professional journalism, the facts, truth, the whole story, protecting the public interest, demanding accountability.
Unfortunately, today’s journalism is much debased; it should be more than repeating what others say and more than rehashing information, especially economic information that even the smallest amount of research would prove incorrect.
Tom Fletcher, your columnist, constantly rails against foreign-funded environmentalists ironically using the arguments against climate change funded for years by foreign oil companies. How do his outdated opinions serve the goal of afflicting the comfortable?
There was a suggestion that the Bulletin run a question a week for the federal political candidates. Lantzville residents are in the dark about the comparative merits of 12 byelection candidates.
If you want Journalism Is to be applicable to the Bulletin, you have to be more serious about the above listed values. Until then maybe Journalism Is should remain aspirational, for now remaining as what Journalism Could Be.