January 27, 2006
Re "King/Drew Hits Hard at Problem Personnel," Jan. 23 The contradictions and paradoxes of King/Drew Medical Center personnel continue to be made all the more perplexing in that it defies human standards of decency championed by its namesake, Martin Luther King Jr. -- that ultimately the integrity of an institution depends on the quality of the individuals contained in it. MICHAEL RYAN Venice
February 17, 2002
Elizabeth Jensen's analysis of issues of "personality" versus "journalism" confronting CNN with the onslaught of competition from Fox and MSNBC mirrors America's battle pitting conservative patriots editorializing the news to fit their agenda against the so-called "liberal media" who attempt to remain objective ("News Still Counts at CNN. So Do Stars," Feb. 3). Bernard Shaw's retirement from CNN left an enormous void; filling it with Paula, Aaron and Connie makes perfect sense, as they all have demonstrated journalistic integrity in their careers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1989
I. F. Stone, who died Sunday at 81, was a tireless reporter, mining the record of human enterprise to expose the facts of history, always independent, with an unquestioned integrity that attracted the respect of readers of many persuasions. For 18 years, the I. F. Stone Weekly, published with his wife Esther, was priority reading because it plumbed depths that other journalists did not find time to explore. Facts from records unread by others lent credibility to his challenges to McCarthyism, his questions about American military commitments in Korea and Vietnam and his concern about the state of civil rights before many others understood the malignancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1987
Those of us who get a part of our daily news from KNBC-TV were witnesses to the intrusion of a supposed gunman who wanted Horowitz to convey his message to the public. The news staff handled themselves well and I agree that, although there was a dilemma involving a person's life and the station's integrity, the director made a correct decision. I was totally amazed when, after a wait in excess of six minutes after seeing the gunman approach Horowitz, the station came back on the air and offered no word of explanation or comment on the safety of the news staff until after a series of advertisements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2001
Re "Dot-Com Failures Tax Workers' Consciences," March 21: I hope that none of my high school math students read Margee Fagelson's comment that "it's only illegal if you get caught." I teach my 11th-graders that it is wrong to cheat even if you are never caught. Fagelson has forgotten that a truly honest person maintains his or her integrity even when no one else will ever know. Of course, it's unfortunate that she has to suffer because of someone else's lack of responsibility. That, however, does not relieve her of her tax responsibility to our greater society.
December 31, 2005
Lost amid the tragic revelations of the scientific fraud perpetrated by South Korean stem cell researcher Hwang Woo Suk and his collaborators is the fact that the scientific system works. Erroneous scientific discoveries, whether fraudulent or the result of honest misinterpretation of data, cannot stand up long to the scrutiny of the scientific method. "Yes, but can you repeat it?" is an old saw of the process of experimentation. While the tragedy of the recent events will surely be the opportunity afforded those opposed to stem cell research to harden their stance, the rest of us should be heartened by the rapid uncovering of the facts, and the public should be reassured that the systems in place will continue to protect the integrity of the scientific method.