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On a recent PBS Newshour [1/8/13] journalist Joe Klein said something that really hit me as a simple truth. Fellow journalist and author Richard Ben Cramer had just died. His career was being discussed and praised. Part of the dialogue was about a  lack of true insight and respect by journalists today. Most pointedly disrespect toward those who choose to put themselves on the line by becoming involved in government. It is hard to admit, but even the most distasteful policticians deserve the respect that they do not often give others. Ben Cramer respected those who put themselves on the line to serve in government, even if he did not agree with their politics.

This quote has applications to people, in every walk of life and profession. It encompasses  all aspects of the media, not just print journalism. Here is the quote from Mr. Klein:

“Well, one of the things I have learned  is that cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.”

Click here to see the entire interview and learn more about Richard Ben Cramer.

Thank you to Joe Klein for his many insights that reach beyond politics.  Thanks also to Chris Cillizza, the other journalist interviewed about Richard  Ben Cramer.

As a postscript: I recently saw the HBO documentary [2009] on baseball great Ted Williams. Interviews with Ben Cramer are part of the film.  Cramer is memorable character with great knowledge about Williams, which is sort of an understatement. [click here]. Cramer has a distinct sense of humor and twinkle in his eyes. After seeing this documentary I have a better idea of why Joe Klein and Chris Cillizza spoke so warmly of  Richard Ben Cramer.



Author: notyourrawmama

At the age of ten I distinctly remember questioning the premise that illness just happens to us. The idea that every action has a reaction became a clear reason to doubt that I could not personally impact my own health. In my very early twenties I was introduced to the Macrobiotic Philosophy of Life and assisted a Macrobiotic Counselor in NYC over a period of ten years or more. My life took many twists and turns and I evolved from a trained dancer and performer to a Shiatsu Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Colon Therapist and student of different Spiritually oriented Mind Body Therapies at the Esalen Institute and other healing centers. My associations are as follows: Member of the AOBTA for over 20 Years Member of the NCCAOM for approximately 12 years Member of the Yoga Teachers Alliance 500 hours for approximately 12 years Colon Therapist [ Wood's Institute ] Since 1998 Along with studying REIKI [ 2nd degree ] I was part of a School based on the work of Railey Macey, Dr. Robert Jaffe and Hands of Light. Railey Macey was my teacher. Thank you for your interest in my blog. notyourrawmoma "Wherever you are be the soul of that place". Rumi

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