In my own tenure as a full-time journalist, I installed a famous quote by Thomas Jefferson on the Opinion Page. Jefferson mused that if he were forced to choose between a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, he would not hesitate to choose the latter. By considering the elimination of Ernie Pyle’s name from one of the signature schools on the Bloomington campus and one of the top journalism schools in the country, IU officials are barely hesitating to prefer the opposite of what Jefferson wanted.
One of the most famous quotes about war reporting is that in war, truth is the first casualty. In the saga unfolding in Bloomington with this pending decision, the reputation of the most famous war correspondent this nation has ever known may be the last casualty associated with his name.
Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com.