today i had an unexpected, unsolicited victory for journalism that actually made me like my job for a change.
it was unintentional, making it all the more sweet.
long story short there was an advertiser that practically demanded i remove a story from our web site because it was negative (though factual). i tried to work w/ him, encouraged him to give me the "correct" information (his side of the story) etc. and no, he just wanted it down.
he spoke to my publisher (sorry big t, i know you're friends) who also thought i should take it down. it was not an antagonistic situation between she and i, i just didn't agree. she talked to the big boss and he sided w/ her. i talked to my boss and expressed my frustration over the principle of the thing (he talked a big game and made me feel better but in the end he did nothing). today i talked to the big boss, not to persuade him, because honestly i would have no reason on earth to think i could, but i couldn't not tell him i disagreed and thought it was leading us down a slippery slope and would compromise our integrity. i must have been persuasive. that and i don't think the big boss thought it was that big of a deal one way or the other.
so journalism won out over advertising today and i feel all the better for it.