I have been a working journalist for over 24 years. In my time working for commercial media organizations I have covered everything from terrorism to Olympic athletes.
More often than not, if a controversial article was published that made someone involved look bad, I receive either a phone call or an email calling me a ‘hack’ or ‘not a real journalist’ or an invitation for me to go back to journalism school and learn morality and ethics. When those emails start coming in, I know that the story I put out was accurate and hit the nail right on the head.
In the past week, aside from harassing phone calls to both my mother at 2am and to others involved in my life, at more appropriate hours (not by the same person), I’ve received numerous emails by various people not directly associated with the Jewish HIgh School stories I’ve been posting calling me a ‘hack’ and ‘not a real journalist’.
As I’ve said often, if you enter public life, be prepared for public scrutiny. Everyone faces it (myself included), nobody likes it, but it really is part of standing on the public stage.
That said, this ‘hack’ journalist, who probably ‘should go back to journalism school to learn ethics and morals’ and perhaps ‘become a real journalist’ will continue on his quest for the truth.
My end goal, as always is total transparency in our Jewish school system, accountability for decisions made and staff hired and of course, the continuation of the teaching of Judaism and Jewish culture in our Jewish parochial schools.
To be clear, I have since I started reporting on these subjects, never hidden my agenda. That said, I have promised to be as objective as possible within the confines of my agenda and am fairly sure that I have succeeded. In journalism, complete objectivity is a myth, every newspaper, magazine, tv show has an editorial direction. Journalists are mandated to work within the editorial policy of whatever publication or station they are working for.
I have no secrets, no hidden agenda, no beef against anybody or any institution. I report the stories as accurately as possible.
That said, I strongly urge you not to believe a word I write and investigate your schools. Use my articles to ask the tough questions and get the answers. I’m sure once you do, you will realize that the truth isn’t far off from what you see on this blog.
Thank you for reading.