Scout Asks About Honesty In Media; The Reply Will Make You Smile

Boy Scout Gian Mario Bermudez of Troop 997 in Ashburn had a question for the editor of the Loudoun Times-Mirror:

Dear Mr. Editor,

I just wanted to briefly express myself about the truth in the news. As professional journalists I understand you write about the most important things in our communities. Nevertheless, sometimes you decide what you want to say. recently I heard that journalists were “paid for keeping their honest opinion out of the paper.” Is it true that it is almost the worst idea to write your own opinion when writing as a journalist? My opinion is that you should give your honest word by do not let opinion be partial when reporting facts.

Very respectfully,
Gian Mario Bermudez
Boy Scout Troop 997

Executive Editor Dale Peskin took Gian’s question seriously, and wrote a very introspective, honest reply, saying, “Newspapers stand on purpose. In many ways, the duty of journalists follows the Boy Scout creed…It requires its practitioners to be, like a Boy Scout, morally straight. Journalists call that behavior “ethics.”” Click here to read his full response in the online edition.

Thank you, Gian, for displaying great citizenship in asking your question, and to the staff of the Times-Mirror for showing our Scouts the importance of integrity in journalism!