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Just before church: Reading story about New York Times reporter arrested for "committing journalsim"

As I wait to take a shower before going to church, I just read a riveting story by New York Times Barry Bearak about how he was arrested and jailed in Zimbabwe for "committing journalism." 

He took great risks to report what was happening in a country that's struggling for its existence. I wonder how many reporters in this country could be charged with "committing journalism."  Do they use the same tenacity and dedication that Bearak had to get the facts about local and state government?   

I often feel that we as a culture don't appreciate the historical importance that the media plays in keeping our government accountable and honest. 

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