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April 19, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

To the critics of media coverage of the Boston police hunt

If you’re hating on the media coverage…..its probably time to turn off the TV and figure out something else to do with your time. That…or go put your resume into CNN. Put up or shut up.

1. I’m not saying don’t talk about or criticize the media….but shadowboxing your enemies and demons by complaining about the media isn’t particularly effective
2. This is about the practice of empathy. Extra demands, extra pressure, and a constantly evolving environment. Its no easy job. (this doesn’t mean the networks get a walk…but to me the journalists as a whole…are probably trying their best).
3. Heres’ some great advice from Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, “Man in the Arena” Speech given April 23, 1910, 26th president of US (1858 – 1919)

* Jon Stewart gets a pass.


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