In The Line of Duty

This article talks about the slaying of an Oakland journalist. This would be not blog worthy material except that it closes with:

Don Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was the last reporter killed in the line of duty in the United States. He was killed by a car bomb in 1976 while reporting on organized crime.

Emphasis mine. Sorry folks, journalist don’t get “killed in the line of duty” that’s reserved for police officers, firefighters, soldiers, and other such professions that report for duty (sorry John Kerry, not you) to serve the public. Reporters get murdered while working on a story, or killed on the job. As much as other journalists might think they have a duty to the public, that they serve, saying something like this diminishes those who actually do.

2 thoughts on “In The Line of Duty”

  1. Indeed. Journalists are no more “in the line of duty” than virtually any other employed citizen.

  2. Agree. They are just trying to grab an undeserved halo of glory for themselves on the body of a man murdered. Don Bolles was a courageous man but his death does not bestow virtue on the dimwit that wrote that piece, though he tried to assign some to himself and colleagues.

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