New Star in the Near East, by Kenneth Bilby
Top-class newspapermen stay out of most controversies because these are usually secondary to a special preoccupation of their own. At Lake Success they can’t look on the West as the heroes and the East as the villains, or vice versa; in South Africa they can’t look on the Whites as the heroes and the Blacks as the villains, or vice versa; at a Davis Cup match they can’t look on the holders as the heroes and the challengers as the villains, or vice versa. To a top-class newspaperman the only heroes are the men who yield up good stories and allow them to be filed, and the only villains are the strictly-off-the-record talkers and the censors. Compared with this hard, practical distinction, differences about creeds and ideologies rate with journalists as minor irrelevancies. It’s the story that matters; and the journalist doesn’t take sides because there’s usually a story on both sides.
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