I received a request today to delete a blog post. I did what was asked of me.
I’m not going to refer to the post, except to note that the details involved a real event and came from an established newspaper.
I will say removing the post was the right thing to do.
I enjoy blogging. I look for those interesting or humorous or sad or thought-provoking or controversial stories and I want to share them. I also blog about various things that I find interesting. No matter what I post, I hope the message makes people think. Sure, sometimes the post will elicit a raw emotion; but when real news is involved, I want people to think about what they’re reading and consider how that event can help us be a better human race.
At no point do I seek to embarrass, harm, hurt or humiliate someone. But when I do, I’ll do the right thing.
Every news story involves real people; they are unique individuals with their own hopes, dreams, goals and plans. Sometimes they make news even when they don’t want to. Journalists need to report these stories because those events happen in their communities. I don’t have to add them to my blog, though I do for the reasons mentioned above.
There’s a big difference between having to and wanting to report something. Not forgetting that is a valuable lesson.