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Discussing business journalism's role

February 12, 2009

Four prominent business journalists — Diana Henriques of the New York Times, Ali Velshi of CNN, Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post and Alexis Glick of Fox Business Network, spoke Wednesday night in Washington on the role of business journalism in the current economic crisis.

Lauren Hoenemeyer of the Hatchet, the George Washington University paper, writes, “‘People think there are a lot of bad things going on in the world and if a journalist would just shine a light on these things, it would be better,’ Pearlstein said. ‘As journalists, we don’t control this process but we do play a big role.’

“Velshi countered the notion that journalists failed to inform the public about the events leading up to the financial collapse. He argued journalists do provide the public with vital information, but each citizen is responsible for deciding what to do with that information.

“‘If I’m the weather guy and I tell you that it is 10 degrees below zero, it’s your responsibility to you to put your jacket and long johns on,’ Velshi quipped.”

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