Letters to the Editor

Bailey's writing, teaching open eyes

Few people have the talent to write to an audience, not specific. No matter our journalistic skills, how ferociously we have honed our skills of tolerance and exposure to that different from the status quo, our writings tend to present our stance favorable to that our words are kindest upon. There is one individual, a columnist for The Sun News and an author, whose words often give 100 percent exposure and space to the opposing view, and he does this knowingly. Why would a writer do this? Especially within a format his income is derived from? Wouldn't such a stratagem only serve to undermine his capture of his audience's mind? For most it would. Inasmuch as the writer I am discussing is Issac Bailey, that is not the case. Strategy, the decisive plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal, tends to be Issac Bailey's course of action. Stratagem - a clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective - would be that Issac Bailey would steer clear of. I offer you an example:

Bailey taught a class in journalism at Coastal Carolina University. A journalist, Bailey taught through his experiences and by example. A strong letter was written questioning Bailey's teaching methods and beliefs as to the subject at hand ("Bailey wrongly diverts fears," by Robert Gray, April 28). Although the writer admitted that major media won't cover a certain "anti-government" movement, and accuses journalism of being "dead," his letter clearly showed the utter naivete as to how higher education works. Let me clue him in: practicum, labs, active participation in what you are studying. He complained that Bailey, "Instead of letting the class debate and discuss it ... chose to write his column about it." I repeat, teaching by example, active participation by students and faculty in what is being taught. This does not wrongly divert fears but leads students to form opinions and stances on fact. Journalistic ethics [code of the Society for Professional Journalists states]: "Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility." Fair and comprehensive equates with researched, researched well.

Moreover the writer mentions one of the student's fears as to the government taking over student loans. Where has this man been? Are not these private banks behind the financial debacle we have been faced with? Why, in early 2007 Bailey wrote, "Payday rates better then overdraft fees." Where is your crystal ball, Issac Bailey? The news has recently been full of reports of limits on credit card fees, federal protection of credit consumers, how lawmakers are ensuring that brokers must assure they are best serving their customers' financial interests. May 20, a bill passed in the U.S. Senate guaranteeing government oversight of the increasingly complex banking system and financial markets. The legislation is intended to prevent a repeat of the 2008 crisis, but also reshapes the role of numerous federal agencies and vastly empowers the Federal Reserve in an attempt to predict and contain future debacles. Democratic congressional leaders and the Obama administration must now work to combine the Senate measure with a version approved by the House in December. Our government is protecting us.

Issac Bailey is smart, well-researched, and writes with unsurpassed integrity to his target audience, the heart of America.

The writer lives in Loris.