Harper has made a difference, Patricia Poist, Sunday News,
March 27, 2005
Of course, if an editor ever told me I would have to go undercover, I would have to find another line of work. I am just not that good. Or bad, depending on how you look at it.
Patricia, find another line of work. What the hell do you think journalism is? You better read some quality newspapers and watch some legitimate news magazine shows.
I grew up with Woodward and Bernstein. They are my heroes and they are journalists who rightly forced a sitting president to resign. I believe that is what journalism is all about.
How dare you go on a ridiculous, high horse and say this: Its an age that has spawned all manner of self-appointed journalists. Many of these people arent obligated to follow the same code of ethics as newspaper and television reporters.
Excuse me, Patricia, but I think youre drinking the same coffee as Clyde. Your editor has been having discussions with an imaginary friend for sixteen years and he recently broke every journalist ethic in the book in his support of his employers hotel/convention center deal. Dont talk to me about 0ethics, and going undercover is absolutely legitimate.
Yes, Ron Harper has it correct, He says he has a passion for good government and that it is important that public figures responsible for taxpayers money and quality of life have their feet held to the fire. Exactly.
If the Lancaster Newspapers did that to the slightest degree, we wouldnt have the outright corruption that exists today on so many levels in Lancaster. Im not taking a thing away from Ron, but the Lancaster Newspapers make it easy for other journalists because they dont do their job and they havent for years.
Indeed, we as journalists have a lot to think about, and maybe some of us (yours truly included) probably need to be a little tougher in ferreting out information and enforcing Sunshine laws. Thats the biggest understatement I have ever read.
I would do that, Patricia, or Id find another line of work.
Congratulations to Ron Harper and www.5thestate.com for five years of public service to Lancaster.