Thursday, November 9, 2006

Ed Bradley

    60 Minutes Reporter Ed Bradley Dies

    A hundred years ago, in another life, a professor of mine taught me what he called "The Golden Rule" of journalism, and throughout my life, I've always admired those who, in spite of personal opinions, emotions and all the other ingredients of individuality, could remain objective and committed to The Story for the sake of truth. 

    The passing of Ed Bradley is yet another serious blow to journalistic integrity --a commodity which, in today's media, is something of a premium.  I think today's journalists should look to Ed Bradley's vast body of work to see not only the importance of honesty in a journalist, but humility as well.  Ed Bradley was what journalism should always be: honest and objective.
    As an interviewer, Ed Bradley had a unique way of not only asking important questions, but he asked them in such a way that made people want to answer them.  He had an honesty about him that brought out the honesty in others, and that is a genuine gift to someone who so clearly belonged in the life of a chronicler of human events. 

    Ed Bradley and his words will certainly be missed. 



  1. Very true.  He was and still should be the iconic example of what a journalist should be.

    be well,

  2. I can't find it now that I need it, but Ali G interviews Andy Rooney on YouTube, and gets him all pissed off.

    Ironically, Rooney has a huge fan in Howard Stern, who rarely misses a chance to speak well of AR when the chance arises. "The guy can open his desk drawer and make humor from it," says Stern.

    I always liked Bradley, but I rarely watch 60 Minutes. By the time it comes on, I've usually watched 7 straight hours of football, and i need a walk or something. This is as true now as it was when I was 10 years old.