Frankly, we’re sorry we looked: “What the Boston bombings taught me about journalism.”
That was the headline on a new post by the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. Instinctively, we knew we should pass it up.
Despite those better angels, something made us look.
Cillizza was especially thoughtful in the wake of the Boston bombings. Here’s the way he started:
CILLIZZA (4/19/13): What the Boston bombings taught me about journalismCillizza listed four lessons he learned from this week’s events—four lessons about journalism, the profession he loves.
The events in Boston over the last four days have riveted the nation—and put journalism, the profession that I love, under the microscope. I’ve been thinking about what lessons I can learn as a political reporter from everything that has happened over these last 96 hours. My reflections are below—in no particular order other than when they occurred to me.
We ended up being sorry we looked. We should have obeyed our initial impulse.
Some posts are better left unread. That said, will you have the discipline to resist the temptation to look?