The greatest advertisement of a great profession

In The Insider, Dustin Hoffman Al Pacino plays the role of Lowell Bergman, the CBS investigative journalist who does an expose of the tobacco industry. When a source scoffs at the parasitical role journalists play, Hoffman offers this succinct defence of journalism:

“I was putting my life on the line when you were dicking around golf courses.”

The photograph above, short by a Reuters stringer, captures the true spirit of our great profession. And portrays the lengths to which journalism’s great soldiers go to, risking life and limb, to bring the real picture to readers, viewers and listeners.In picture, Kenji Nagai of APF tries to take photographs as he lies injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at protesters in the Burmese capital, Rangoon, on Thursday, September 27, 2007.Kenji, 52, a Japanese photographer, was shot by soldiers as they fired to disperse the crowd.Kenji later died.While hundreds were dicking around golf courses. Scoffing at journalism and journalists.

Photo courtesy: Reuters

Also read: Citizen journalists evade blackout on Myanmar News

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9 Responses to “The greatest advertisement of a great profession”

  1. chetan krishnaswamy Says:

    Truely the greatest of professions. More strength to people like you for keeping the banner flying high, unfailingly, day after day after day….hats off!

  2. Ravi Says:

    What about the rex edita’ who shamelessly twirls every news about the junta govt’s biggest backers and dicks away to glory!?

  3. tarlesubba Says:

    ee voyya paapa.

    yella kasuballoo yella tarad jana irthaare. namoor alli prati obba lehrer bhattaru, russert- gowdrigoo, obbabba heraldo-appanavaru, o’reilly gowdru, hannity raayarilve? haage.

    navella tarka heLthivi antha, basappa antha, bijapuradavaru, ello assam anthe ull hogi kavalu ninthilve?

    nimmgaadru neevu kaTTidde kathe, neev aaDidde aaTa, bekadourna biDthira, beDourna taDithira.

    basappanavaru paapa, praNa koTTu taDiyodhu, dillili kootoru illa illa biDi annodu. avardaenn grahachaara swami?

  4. Mithun Says:

    much respect to the journos.

    P.S – err …. it was Al Pacino in The Insider, not Hoffman. Much respect to them too …

  5. 10yearslate Says:

    Did’nt the antics of journos also give birth to the aphorism

    ‘Never let the facts get in the way of a good story’?

  6. H.R.Bapu Satyanarayana Says:

    These days probably journalists take many risks and put their life in danger and knowing this they gamely carry on their profession. Of course for every brave journalist there are others about whom less said the better. Last year world over 56 journalists died.

  7. PGB Says:

    Well actually it is Al Pacino who plays Lowell Bergman ( Former Producer of 60 Minutes now with pbs) not Dustin Hoffman.

  8. Anonymous Guy Says:

    Who was dicking around in golf courses scoffing at journalists?

  9. vinay Says:

    @ AG …might be the editor

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