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The courage, the vision and the integrity of a genuine journalist.

February 20, 2015

By Mat Wilson

Ted Koppel is one of my favorite journalist because he is independent minded and that is rare and refreshing in an era of unprecedented, ditto-head reporting. In the main, Ted Koppel is a journalist who has earned the public trust, and that is the difference between the distinguished gentleman and the hoard of screeching blabber mouths who compromise most of the mainstream media.

In 1896, the credo of the New York Times was "to give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of any party, sect or interest involved.," and while Ted Koppel worked for ABC news, the standards of every good journalist are the same. The very best and the brightest reject the irresponsible, toxic contribution of malpractice, masquerade journalists and make the credo of the New York Times proud.

One ways to gauge the quality of the journalist is to listen to what he or she says about journalism and about the Internet. Insecure journalists implicitly or explicitly disparage the Internet and betray a fear of what they perceive to be low level competition. Ted Koppel embraces the Internet without fear and with the clear understanding that competition merely heightens the demand for good journalists. Indeed, Ted Koppel is so secure and so confident about the fact that the importance of fair and impartial reporters will never wane that he invited everybody to pick up a pen and paper, and to become a journalist. In his own words:

One of the great things about the first amendment is that it does make anybody who wants to be, a journalist. In this country you donít have to have a license to be a journalist, you donít have to have passed a test to be a journalist, you donít have to have any professional training to be a journalist, you have the power under the constitution to say I am a journalist. And if youíve got a piece of paper and a pen or access to a tape machine or access to a video camera and now access to the internet, you are as much a journalist as anybody else.

Is it even remotely possible for an accomplished journalist like Ted Koppel to be any more humble than that?

If only CNN practiced what Ted Koppel preached, we would probably get the political leaders we deserve. In the meantime, we have to settle for this.

This is just to thank Mr. Koppel for his high standards, his integrity and his competence. That's Ted Koppel.

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