Jim Lehrer’s news philosophy

Jim Lehrer's news philosophy Jim Lehrer said Thursday that he has been asked in the past to define his philosophy for reporting news and the specific principles that shape his reports.

His answer includes a number of guidelines.

* "Do nothing that you cannot defend; complete every story with the care I would want if the story were about me," he said;

* "assume there is at least one other side or version to every story;

* "assume the viewer is a smart, and caring and as good a person as I am;

* "assume the same about all people on whom I report;

* "assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn of the story absolutely mandates otherwise;

* "carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories and clearly label them;

* "do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions. No one should ever be allowed to attack anyone anonymously.

"And finally," Lehrer said, "I am not in the entertainment business."

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