The Nobility Of Research In Real Time

I still argue that the most valuable institution in our country isn’t our universities, our co-equal branches of government, our healthcare, our science institutions or our education system writ large. It isn’t even our military. It is our news media, making journalism the most noble of professions.

I think I will always make that argument.

“The media gets a lot of criticism in this country and some of it is deserved. [But] there is no institution that comes off better in the Muller Report than the print media of the United States. This has not gotten enough attention, and it really should. Certain newspapers did incredible reporting that got to an enormous amount of this material over the last two years. One of the reasons that this document isn’t more shocking than it is is the amount of it that has already been in the New York Times, in The Washington Post, in The Wall Street Journal, and in the much-maligned Buzzfeed News, which did some incredible reporting. All of these organizations have had major reporting projects that are substantially validated by this report in pretty dramatic ways…Buzzfeed famously got a big, big thing wrong with respect to one aspect of this report. They also got a LOT right. The whole Trump Tower/Moscow story is a Buzzfeed News story. We should come away from this with an admiration for the way certain mostly-elite news organizations have performed and a heightened trust in the substance of what they report going forward.”

—Benjamin Wittes, legal journalist

The Ethics of Caring for Outdoor Cats

That’s an interesting title, because not too long ago there was no other kind.

Feral cats recover from neutering surgery in cages at the Philly Animal Care and Control facility. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

It now seems  common for members of our Saran-wrapped society to grow as appalled by the site of a cat on grass as they do seeing an unaccompanied child walking on a sidewalk. This article covers the ethical strengths and flaws of arguments on all three sides of the issue. No one is comfortable.

Then again, where is it written that any of us should be?