Because it is quite frankly the most articulate explanation of the difference between being objective and taking a stand. They are not mutually exclusive. I had the honor of attending the CPJ awards ceremony and I was blown away by Ramos’ thoughtful remarks.
Reprinted from the Committee to Protect Journalists:
I have nothing against being balanced. Every story has at least two points of view and we have to report both. This has to be like a reflex. If a Republican said something, I bet you a Democrat has a response, and vice versa. If a president proposes a new law, the opposition should also have a say. This has to be second nature.
But to get all the facts and to present both points of view doesn’t mean that we got the story right.
When we deal with the powerful, we have to take a stand. Yes, we have to take an ethical decision and side with those who have no power. If we have to decide between being a friend or an enemy of the president, of the governor, of the dictator, it should be an easy choice: I’m a reporter and I don’t want to be your friend.