Legendary TV journalist Richard C. Hottelet has passed away.
In his last lecture to journalism students, he emphasized the need to be objective: "Play it straight, do not tell them what you think. Do not tell them what you feel. Just tell them what you know."
Unfortunately, all this seems to be lost on a peculiar brand of archaeo-blogger/activist/researcher/journalist who has sought fame (if not fortune) based on a hyped claim that the terrorists of ISIS made $36 million from looted antiquities in one area of Syria alone.
And when that claim fell apart? Was it time issue a retraction and an apology to those who were attacked for questioning the claim? Of course not.
Blogging is one thing, but we should all expect more from anyone who also purports to be a "researcher" and a "journalist' and the "news outlets" that publicized this false claim.