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.