By Charles Moore

newsIf you want to make a journalist’s lip curl, go up to him and say, “Why can’t you tell the good news?” When we gather together in private and, like members of all trades when relaxing, make jokes at the expense of our customers, we laugh at the naiveté of the question. The good news! Bah! Who wants the good news?

But the more I reflect on it, the more I think the question of the alleged simpleton, “Why can’t you tell the good news?”, needs our attention.

The first journalist to be brave enough to confront this question was the broadcaster Martyn Lewis, famous on ITN and later BBC News.

The good news should not be told out of some wearisome desire to be seen to be virtuous: it should be told because it actually is news.

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Source: Telegraph