Media personnel are customarily more aware and have more advanced knowledge of issues because it is a standard requirement of the trade. No media man would want to be labeled as ignorant especially when it comes to current trends and information, and of course, background knowledge of related issues would also come in handy. Involvement in political and public affairs is made apparent in the way Janine Roth gave her reactions to the answers made by Senator Irving in the interview she conducted. “ How do we know you’ re going make it right this time? ” , “ Yes, here we are now. And don’ t you think it might be critical to examine how we got to this point? ” , “ We took Iraq? How did I miss that? ” are just some of the sample provocative questions raised by Ms.
Roth which any interviewee would somehow be challenged to answer in a more substantial way. It is fortunate that someone such as Roth exemplified someone who was morally upright by the way she declined from writing the article about her interview with the senator the basis that it would merely be another propaganda, and not really mapping out the factual details of what was taking place in Afghanistan. It would have been easy for Roth to just fire away and write about the interview and make the article look like an exclusive story straight from a very popular senator. However, her social responsibility as a journalist took over her more practical side, hence, her real story didn’ t come out, although it is not mentioned in the film how the news flash at bottom of the TV screen on the movie’ s last few scenes became possible. Then again, teachers/mentors are also commendable for being involved in social issues like the character portrayed by Robert Redford, Professor Stephen Malley. Having professors who not only teach academics but also about current problems/concerns are instrumental in giving enlightenment to their students not only about the issues but also in seeing the potential in the students to grow into something more than how they perceive themselves.
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