It also underlines just how important it is for journalists to act sensibly and responsibly. When they distort the truth, or report falsehoods, or reveal classified information, they are potentially putting people or reputations at risk. They bear a heavy responsibility, even if they don’t always seem to appreciate it.
In the case of Robert Levinson, the AP failed miserably in this regard.
It is a media outlet that appears to have forgotten a basic truth about journalism: the pen is not only mightier than the sword, it can also prove far more lethal.
About the Author: Michael Freund is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s leading English-language daily, and he previously served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office under Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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