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I Get That You Don't Get It

Posted by johnnieraz on August 16, 2018 at 4:15 PM

By John Rezell

     When something goes haywire on my bike — something as simple as adjusting a brake — it's like rocket science to me.

     I can pull out my sax and mimic a solo from a song, but for me the core concepts of music and as difficult to decipher as Einstein's equations.

     I can shoot a free throw, throw curve with a whiffle, kick a 40-yard field goal and still run an 8-minute mile. But I'll never elevate beyond average in anything athletic.

     No, when God handed out those types of gifts, he skipped me.

     But when it came to objectivity and the ability to be unbiased — the pillars of practicing journalism — I received my gift.

     In this time when the freedom of the press is under attack it's easy to see where the disconnect comes.

     There are countless writers on the Internet and talking heads sitting at a desk on TV, but there's a huge difference between most of them and journalists.

     Just as engineers, musicians and athletes are born with gifts, so, too, are journalists. We view life through a different perspective than most people. We do have the ability to separate ourselves from forming opinions and coming to conclusions as we search for the facts. It's just the way we are wired.

     But just as it is simple for me to be unbiased and objective, I can see how someone who isn't would have difficulty believing anyone could be like that.

     I can see it everytime I take my bike to the shop for repairs. Or watch a concert. Or turn on sports.

    


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Reply MagGulky
5:34 PM on August 17, 2018