News must be re­ported

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

EV­ERY­ONE has their hero, and when it comes to jour­nal­ism the man I look up to is Steve Mas­cord.

A rugby league and rock’n’roll scribe, Mas­cord caught my at­ten­tion as the nor­mally well-loved writer copped both bar­rels on so­cial me­dia for his stance on the South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs in­ci­dent.

Mas­cord de­fended jour­nal­ists’ role in forc­ing the NRL to re­open the case, as peo­ple con­tin­ued to attack both he and other jour­nal­ists’ in­tegrity.

On that is­sue, I stand with Steve, but the ar­gu­ment about a jour­nal­ist’s role is one that is oc­ca­sion­ally mud­died, usu­ally by ac­cu­sa­tions of hid­den agen­das.

I don’t speak for ev­ery­one in the field, but jour­nal­ists don’t have agen­das; we re­port the news.

Whether it’s good or bad, popular or not, we have a duty to read­ers – and the com­mu­nity – to hold peo­ple and busi­nesses to ac­count if they are wrong.

It is our job to get to the bot­tom of sto­ries, to give both sides a chance to speak and present the is­sue as fairly as pos­si­ble.

Just on the Rab­bitohs in­ci­dent, I’m glad the NRL re­opened the case and I hope they throw the book at them for their dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour.

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