Accuracy and fairness in reporting should be a requirement. Sometimes sensitivity also plays a role. Recently the Roundup did articles regarding the death of a local woman. The reporter chose to include salacious details regarding the crime, indicating to one complainer that he had the mother's permission. This turned out not to be true. The family was very upset about this.
At my request, the Roundup sent a reporter to cover Ellen Simon's visit to Democratic Headquarters. I appreciated this. However, when I read what the reporter wrote I wondered if we had been at the same meeting.
Simon, who is running against Renzi, indicated that in her past she was a working attorney. She said while doing that she did occasional pro bono work for the ACLU. She was letting her audience know that she realized that this could be a hot button issue for some. But she felt that protecting peoples' civil liberties was more important, especially if it is in behalf of the little guy.
In the Roundup, the reporter indicated that Simon was currently working full time as an attorney for the ACLU. This is another example of inaccuracy in reporting. I am hoping that's all it was.
Many years ago, when I was in journalism school, we were taught the importance of accuracy and fairness. If what we are seeing lately represents a trend in the other direction, journalists will lose even more readers' respect and trust.
Pat Rollins, Payson