Petter Reinholdtsen

I.F. Stone - an inspiration for us all
13th April 2016

I first got to know I.F. Stone when I came across an article by Jon Schwarz on The Intercept about his extraordinary contribution to investigative journalism in USA. The article is about a new documentary in two parts (part one is 12 minutes and part two is 30 minutes), and I found both truly fascinating. It is amazing what he was able to find by digging up public sources and government papers. He documented lots of government abuse and cover ups, and I find his weekly news letters inspiring to read even today.

All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
- I. F. Stone

His starting point was that reporters should not assume governments and corporations are telling the truth, but verify all their claims as much as possible. I wonder how many Norwegian reporters can be said to follow the principles of I. F. Stone. They are definitely in short supply. If you, like me half a year ago, have never heard of him, check him out.

Tags: english, offentlig innsyn.

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