Every newspaper makes mistakes. From the NY Times to the Vidalia News. That's why they have a corrections and retractions section. Being perfect isn't what qualifies a journalist to break news at any level, that is simply the job. All papers are expected to be ethical, but that is different from never making a mistake. Holding a student newspaper out to only do it's job if it can be done perfectly all the time is unreasonable.
Right Jknezek- because that's what Bleed is clearly saying-perfection is mandatory.
As far as I'm concerned, there are way too many posters on these boards that have a real problem with twisting words, misrepresenting positions and taking points out of context. It indicates a real weakness in your position, and your character, when you can't respectfully engage in a debate or subject with intellectual honesty.
This is your defense to everything and it gets incredibly boring. Especially when a simple ability to look at a point of view logically that you don't agree with leads you to say I have a weakness in my character and a lack of intellectual honesty. That is a sad series of insults that is out of place. Try and follow along with my position. It shouldn't be that hard for someone with your intellectual honesty.
These are his words describing what he feels others apparently believe about student journalists:
"Those students can't be expected to follow the highest of journalistic standards yet, because they are understandably in-process. Mistakes will happen. They are there to learn. They are just students."
First, he's wrong. No one said anything about not expecting students to follow the highest journalistic standards. I certainly do and I tried to live up to those standards when it was my turn. However, living up to those standards and not making mistakes are not the same thing. Everyone, every newspaper makes mistakes, from the best pros on down. And yet that is exactly what he is equating.
Now, reread my response. I addressed only that point. Not making mistakes is the definition of perfection. Ask a dictionary or keep it simple and Google it. Here you go:
"the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects."
So no, I'm not twisting his words in the slightest. I'm using the definition of "no mistakes" to equal perfection, which it is a synonym of, see the definition above. If you still think that is "twisting words" than you have a problem with understanding the phrase, and that is not a flaw in my character.
I can't help what he wrote. I can only refute what he wrote. Highest journalistic standards does not equal no mistakes. It's really simple.
So then it becomes fairly easy to talk about the rest of what he wrote. If they are trying for the highest standards, but sometimes not achieving perfection like everyone else, then why wouldn't they have the same right to try and break news as any other newspaper?