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The Good Journalist
The good journalist

Every form of moral life … depends on education.

Michael Oakeshott

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on Tuesday 11 September, 2001 horrified the world. Three passenger-filled planes were used to crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon; another plane, headed for a target in Washington, came down outside Pittsburgh, thwarted by the action of passengers. Thousands of people were murdered on a particularly horrifying day in the blood-soaked history of terrorism. The following day the ten British national newspapers sold 15 million copies, 2.5 million more than usual. In many areas it was impossible to buy a broadsheet paper after midday.

Analysing the newspapers' performance a week later, The Guardian media commentator wrote: ‘Journalism was properly fulfilling its ...

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