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Kris Gillett, Fargo, Published December 21 2013

Letter: Report the news, don’t create it

Educating our youth today is becoming more and more difficult. Not because of the curricular content but because of the pressure put on our young people from outside influences. It is difficult to discuss the ethical boundaries that guide them as they flourish into adults. I encourage my students to inquire where there are questions and seek out truth via research and hard work, but there are lines that we, as law-abiding citizens, cannot cross.

Our news outlets have every right to seek out injustice in any form. Quite honestly, that is what I expect of them. However, there are legal ways to accomplish such a task, and one reporter chose to ignore them.

My question to KVLY and other news outlets in our area is this: When I teach my students about subjects such as plagiarism and ethics, do I tell them that their job, like yours, is to report the news, or create the news?