THE JOURNALISTs CREED- Should American Legislators Hold The Guardian Newspaper Accountable For Its Participation & Possible Encouragement of Theft of American Citizens Intellectual Property:

25 Jun

The words of the Journalists Creed are clear “(the journalist) is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, AS FAR AS LAW and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so..”

The Guardian is a British paper. The British media was excoriated by Lord Leveson’s inquiry after the murder of Milly Dowling brought forth revelation British media was spying on citizens to scoop stories, a good place for American Legislators to start in adressing Greenwald being complicity with Snowden’s theft of American Citizen Intellectual Property.

David Gregory called it as it is, the Snowden “IT” that is. Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer cum the UK Guardian newspaper columnist based in America, chided by Gregory as to Greenwald being complicit with Snowden’s THEFT OF ID FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE EACH AND EVERYONE WHOSE ID/DATA HE WALKED OFF WITH TO COUNTRIES UNKNOWN, knows the law and knows the definition of aiding & abetting. It is ONE thing to advocate to scoop a story. It is another thing to hide behind a craft that ONCE used to be honorable. No more.

A “Journalist’s Creed” was written by the first dean of Missouri School of Journalism, Walter Williams, a clear declaration of “the principles, values and standards of journalists throughout the world.” “The Journalist’s Creed” a journalists code of ethics written around 1906 by Williams soon after the Missouri School of Journalistm was founded. The world today is NOT the world of Williams. The world today is the world of Wikimedia a free for all where unknown people go in and edit to agenda. Wikipedia’s posting of a bastardization of Wilson’s creed was edited June 13 2013.

Scary to know William’s Creed as crafted in 1906 sits on the 13th floor of the National Press Club in downtown DC where self proclaimed journos, bloggers and policy wonks walk past it every day without stopping to read the words on the plaque between elevator doors. Maybe 13 is the focus- a numerical omen of superstition of where a fine craft descended from.

The Missouri Press Association (MPA) was founded May 16, 1867, by Missouri editors and publishers to serve its member newspapers.


 “I believe in the profession of journalism.

I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is betrayal of this trust.

I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.

I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true.

I believe that suppression of the news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.

I believe that no one should write as a journalist what he would not say as a gentleman; that bribery by one’s own pocketbook is as much to be avoided as bribery by the pocketbook of another; that individual responsibility may not be escaped by pleading another’s instructions or another’s dividends.

I believe that advertising, news and editorial columns should alike serve the best interests of readers; that a single standard of helpful truth and cleanness should prevail for all; that the supreme test of good journalism is the measure of its public service.

I believe that the journalism which succeeds best — and best deserves success — fears God and honors Man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power, constructive, tolerant but never careless, self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid, is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance and, as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world-comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.”

Journalism died when the market crashed in 2008. Staff writers were laid off in buckets.The dump continued as media giants searched to be part of the ‘new’ craze of online networking influenced by the professorial market model of putting bottom lines before journos. Definition of a journo? Edward R Murrow & the like. Anderson Coopers & Dana Bashs are info-tainment. Funniest was watching Dana in Rayburn setting her own camera up. You wouldn’t have known that to watch her on TV. One memorable moment of the decline of Journalism was when CNN b-roll guys were pink slipped by email at a National Press Club events.

Some people remember and honor the craft of journalism. Wanda Brown of Harrisonville and her family donated money to have THE JOURNALIST CREEDs plaque cast in memory of her late husband, a publisher and benefactor of the Missouri Press Association. Wanda and her family unveiled the Journalist’s Creed plaque, cast in Utah, on the MPA building in Columbia  May 5 2005.

Maybe someone aught to have THE JOURNALIST CREED cast on WIKIPEDIAs page so students of the written word can read history as written …  


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