by Ira Winkler
In this article ” I’m a writer, not a reporter, but like many consumers of news reporting, I sometimes think reporters take the easy way out. They report on someone saying or doing something controversial, then they find one person who will say that what that person said or did was wrong. End of story, so to speak.
This follows the “there are two sides to every story” theory of news reporting; once you’ve reported the point and counterpoint, there’s nothing else to say, right?
But truth and reality — those things that reporters presumably should be trying to reveal — are often more complicated than that. And I often see how inadequate this approach can be when I’m reading about something that I know a good deal about.”