An excellent piece from Los Angeles Times columnist and former Sports Editor Bill Dwyre, who writes that he went to a screening of “The Tillman Story” the other night. A film about linebacker Pat Tillman’s mother and what she went through to try and get at the truth about her son’s death by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
Dwyre came away with some interesting thoughts, particularly if you happen to be a journalist. Click on Bill’s name at the end of the quote to read the entire column.
“Dannie Tillman did what a nation full of high-paid, overblown journalists should have done. She went after the real story while the beautiful people on TV and the nerds with notepads broadcast and wrote morality plays. She got in the military’s face, in the government’s face. She didn’t let up. She was doing journalism while journalists were doing what we mostly do now — chase Web hits and take short cuts to higher profits.
A housewife got the real story, or as much of it as anybody probably will. Professionals trained to do so gathered moss and wrote slop.” –Bill Dwyre in the Los Angeles Times