HAVING your professionalism, morals or fairness questioned is something you get used to as a journalist.
You accept that if you are going to put your opinion in the public domain, you are going to cop a fair bit of criticism - indeed many journalists relish it.
An editorial I wrote expressing sympathy for the Prendiville Catholic College student expelled for starting a Facebook page denigrating teachers at the Ocean Reef school attracted some criticism.
One comment posted on our news website inmycommunity contained such a stunning level of hypocrisy I felt compelled to share it with you.
According to the writer, who will remain nameless, feeling sympathy for the student “says a lot about his (my) moral compass and poor skills as a journalist”.
Leaving aside the point that I would have thought that sympathy and empathy are the very basis of our morals, I found it incredible that the writer denigrated me personally, all the while calling for harsh punishment for a student for doing the exact same thing.
Have we become so quick to judge that we are unable to disagree with someone's opinion without attacking them personally?
The writer went on to say “children (need) to be educated and disciplined to ensure their moral compasses are properly developed whilst their brains are still developing”.
I wholeheartedly agree.
I would add that perhaps some adults need to be taught how to disagree with an opinion, without attacking the opinion holder.
To use a footy parlance, play the ball, not the man.