The duty of a war reporter is to confront the uncomfortable


Journalists, if true to their vocation, have no choice but to publish and be damned. The essential role of media is to report without fear or favor, and if it doesn’t do so, it risks credibility, corrodes public trust and sows suspicion about what else is being held back.

This applies to the international media — as well as the Ukrainian press.

And when this war is over, and the journalism schools and media scholars go to work weighing the coverage, what will they find? Will they offer a passing grade, or will they highlight instances of when the Western media allowed, at times, its sympathy with the Ukrainian cause — a sympathy I fully share — to overlook matters it shouldn’t have and under-report some things while over-reporting others?

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