Real journalism?

In Saturday’s edition (Feb. 25, 2006, A2), the Providence Journal chose to run a Knight-Ridder news article on the recent terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. The article stated that the price of oil rose by more than $2 per barrel to reflect “how seriously oil traders fear a successful” attack. This is more weak conjecture, then true journalism. Several times over the past few years we have seen the oil industry take advantage of natural and man-made events to artificially raise prices for profit. Each time legislators vow to investigate price gouging and, after the hype subsides each time, the committee is disbanded or a generic report is issued that laments not having enough information. Knight-Ridder should know better than to do journalism from the desk, instead of the field. The Providence Journal should do better in selecting articles to reprint.

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