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2/4/2013 10:21:00 PM
Editorial: Sometimes the truth takes longer

One of the problems with the instantaneous and constant news cycles of today is that, believe it or not, the first take is not always correct.

So it is that Beyonce caused the Super Bowl blackout on Sunday, that President Obama never shoots at clay pigeons at Camp David, except when he does, that Manti Te'o lied - or didn't - about his imaginary girlfriend, and that Iranian scientists sent a monkey into space.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told the Associated Press Monday that officials here are calling "questionable" Iran's claim that the monkey survived its brief journey beyond the atmosphere, or even that the flight happened at all.

As for the monkey, the controversy flared after an Iranian news photo showed one animal before the alleged mission, and an apparently different one afterward. "The Iranians said they sent a monkey, but the monkey that they showed later seemed to have different facial features," Nuland told reporters. "He was missing a little wart."

We may never know the truth, unless of course an Iranian scientist involved with the project defects and reveals the details of this dastardly plot. But perhaps the best part of the whole incident was Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Monday statement that he himself wouldn't mind being his country's first human - and perhaps first actual - space traveler.

Of course that led to our own Sen. John McCain's being unable, in the best Howard Cosell fashion, to resist equating Ahmadinejad to a simian. McCain then responded to criticism of his remark with, "Can't everyone take a joke?"

Sadly, whether it is a monkey-tale, a football player who became the focus of another man's attention posing as a woman through Twitter, Beyonce singing (yes, it was not pre-recorded, they say), or a presidential political photo-op, the presses turn and social media does not stop.

But sometimes, like it or not, we have to wait for the truth, for the boring investigations and reports that sometimes take days, weeks or years to compile and complete.

Back in the day, we honored a pair of journalists who, through doggedness and determination, brought down a president who broke the law while in office. As a practical matter, Woodward and Bernstein more or less invented investigative journalism, and a generation of dogged and determined reporters followed in their footsteps.

The Watergate investigation lasted months before it produced the clear and unvarnished truth. These days, we expect to get that truth in the time it takes to Tweet.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2013
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Shooting Mahmoud Ahmedinejad into space is an AMAZING idea.

@Tom Bowden- What on earth are you talking about?


Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: J S

Journalism is DEAD. Journalism is a joke.
"Journalist Jesters" reported that OBAMACARE had been defeated. Not once, but 21 repetitions of the quote "Obamacare has been overturned."
Later, the Journalist Jesters back- tracked.
For 34 hours after Sandy Hook the Jesters were reporting that the suspect's mother worked at the schools and he had only two handguns. In the 35th Hour it comes out differently.
WTC tower Seven was still standing when reporters standing with it in the back ground reported it too had collapsed.
We will not trust journalists any longer, We will believe what we see and want to believe.


Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: And Sometimes........

we never get the truth or it's in a cover-up mode.

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: And Sometimes........

we never get the truth or it's in a cover-up mode.

Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: To Steele? ?

I thought you were from OUTSIDE AZ too? If so then the "our own" comment is pretty disingenuous.



Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Article comment by: @The faithful speak, we don't need no stinkin truth

Let me put forth a better theory. The attack on the embassy outpost coincided with protest and attacks in some 20 Muslim countries, over a week. Presumably about a video that most never saw, but were incited to a mob to protest our US embassies.

Coincidence or consequence? What was very important, al' Qada, a political movement in the region, was not given any acknowledgement. That takes away or denies of any illusion that the movement was more powerful than it is. There was also a little known CIA operation to complicate matters, which is nothing we know, but congress was briefed. That is, the ones that were not talking out of their hats and not attend the briefs.

Terrorism is strategy of fear. The strategy fails, if people don't fear the lie behind the terrorist propaganda.

I was a coordinated attack on the post, but who and for what reason seems more complex than pointing to the usual suspects. However, extremist propaganda to the contrary, the President can't be shown to have lied in the matter.


Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: @ Tom Bowden

"Obama was able to shoot a round of skeet without carrying the required 25 shotgun shells with him."

SIMPLE- he had a "High Capacity Chicago Mag!"
(in Chi-town, all his "bros" have them)


Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: The faithful speak, we don't need no stinkin truth

Really Folks?: Spoken as a true Obama worshiper.
What difference does it make whether he told the truth or not, yet again (remember how the Ambassador was murdered because of an anti-Islamic video clip). I'd try to list all his lies but would easily exceed the word limit for a posting. He's easily the most dishonest man (even about trivia) to ever hold the office.


Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Really Folks?

"Skeeters" = Birthers

Number of rounds of skeet(s)? That's the best you can come up with?

Some people seriously need to get a life.

I suspect they question the story because Obama didn't shoot anyone in the face.


Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Expect Nothing

but the truth. I hope you don't expect to get the truth in the time it takes to Tweet. Have you ever listened to so much false talk on the cable television news. These so called experts in their field, what a laugh. Makes me want to be sick. Better to listen to something lighter, like the Animal Planet, at least animals don't lie.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Just Don't Publish The Truth

Oh my, can you imagine if the stations ever really published the truth about anything. What scandals, and no one would be elected to any political position. Blaming is their way of distracting what really happened. There is always another side to a story, always.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Dear Mr. Steele

Let me guess, english is a second language for you?

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Thank Cable News

Today we have nothing but "trash journalism" on our stations and newspapers. Half-truths and sensationalism is what we thrive. Nothing intelligent gets any attention. When you try to listen to the news, it's so disgusting that you need to turn to a DVD or just turn it off. Pure, disgusting trash.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Sometimes The Truth Hurts

One thing is certain, sometimes the truth hurts and takes too long or maybe we just never hear the truth. Take Hillary Clinton and Whitewater. What really happened with this cover-up. A book was written "A Washington Tragedy" and it's contents might shock most Democrats. How about the truth behind Ted Kennedy's cocver-up with the drowning of his "friend". Yes, some truths never come to surface and we're all still waiting for it from the ast & Furious scandal too. You can also blame the internet and cable news for all the trash it publicizes.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Dogged and Determined

Although it seems a little strange to mention the Watergate investigation in the same breath with such trivialities as ballpark blackouts, football romances and Third World space monkeys, the Courier's point is, nevertheless, well taken. Time is required to assemble facts and complete complex investigations.

However, it's important to emphasize that Woodward and Bernstein did not sit around and wait patiently for, or accept at face value, official reports and explanations. They painstakingly developed their own sources, followed leads and relentlessly pushed and pursued until their own investigation yielded the truth. That's time-consuming and laborious. It's also expensive. It is work that requires a heightened level of motivation. And so it comes as no surprise that on a national level, these investigative energies ebb and flow in remarkable synchronization with the political power structure of the day. That fact, in turn, provides the most damning evidence of the deep-seated political biases, sensitivities and agendas of our national press.

Having said all that, on a local level, it is unrealistic to expect a tiny community news-gathering enterprise to expend its limited journalistic resources only to be perceived as biting the hands that feed it. In this fragile marketplace, and in light of the economics of a small-city print operation, sometimes all that can be done is to dutifully wait for, accept and publish official reports as they are released by the authorities. Even a watchdog must concern itself with self-preservation, an imperative that increases as the size of the dog decreases.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Bowden

Interesting how Obama was able to shoot a round of skeet without carrying the required 25 shotgun shells with him. Guess they magically appeared in the gun when they were needed. You can do that when you're a God you know. The Courier has become as bad as the rest of the media, disconnecting their brain when it comes to the Messiah.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: A Simple Question

When is the last time you saw someone shoot a round of skeet without carrying any shotgun shells on his or her person (vest, belt, pouch, whatever)?
It's the job of a newpaper to question those in power, not roll over for them.


Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Ben There

Today's journalism, whether print, broadcast, or otherwise, is largely a disgrace and does not begin to reflect the "free press" protected by the 1A to the Constitution.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Dan G

EDITOR

You are ASSUMING that news people always tell the truth, and that the "Mis-statement" came from a spokesman or a source not employed by news agencies.

If you get your news from other than print or tv, you quickly find that since George W Bush was elected, the News has been actively either not reporting favorable news about Conservatives, and over-stating negatives.
Witness Sarah Palin.

Witness the phony National Guard memo created about G W Bush

Witness altering News tape as ABC did about Romney, or the report about Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Why do you thionk newspapers are dying, as is CNN. BS doesn't sell well


Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: There You Go Again

Well, Courier, you could assist the situation by doing some 'dogged and determined reporting', instead of repeating the liberal talking points faxed to you offices.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Good points, all except "John McCain being one of our own. John McCain is from Virginia where his Admiral father helped him keep his pilots rating. McCain became an Arizona senator by money from the east coast. The 17th amendment allowed popular vote by the citizens replacing constitution language of each state legislature selecting the best to represent states rights in Washington. And there went states protection in our federal government.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Remember The Alamo

Every year the Truth is a much more rare commodity. As things continue the Truth will be in history books only, under "E" for extinct.

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Article comment by: Real American DISABLED VET USN Retired

Where' s the RON PAUL coverage at?? I mean the scum RON PAUL!!



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