On April 18th, 1977, the National Society of Newspaper Columnist created “Newspaper Columnist Day” in honor of Ernie Pyle, a front line journalist who lost his life on Okinawa during World War 2. He was literally on the front lines, looking up over a ridge when he was shot and killed.
While the holiday is unofficial, it is recognized by those in the industry as a day to honor themselves for all they do, they would like your admiration as well. Their credo is to Inform People, Create Public Opinion, Keep those in power accountable to the people and to Bring light to stories that might not otherwise be told.
For as long as their have been newspapers, their have been columnist. Frank Leslie put reporters in the field during the civil war to report on what they saw. The oldest newspaper in the world is the Ordinary Post Tijdender in Sweden which has been in operation since 1645. I wonder how many columnist they have gone through!?!
Believe them or not, they are the ones (hopefully) on the frontlines finding out for those of us sitting at home, what is going on in the world. They are due that respect, so long as they keep their personal opinions out of the subject, they deserve. Their job is to report the news and let us decide, not tell us how we are supposed to think.
Here’s a list of those they admire the most themselves. You can decide whether they should be on the list or not (Cause I’m not gonna tell you!). Walter Winchell, Mike Royko, Art Buchwald, Irv Kupcinet, William Safire, Art Rooney, Carl Bernstein, Ed Bradley, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, William F. Buckley Jr., Walter Cronkite, Ernest Hemingway, Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel, Charles Kuralt, Bill Moyer, Edward R. Murrow, Dan Rather, John Steinbeck, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Thompson, Barbara Walters and Bob Woodward.
How to celebrate: Read a newspaper (If you can actually find one in print anymore), listen to those reporters you usual listen to and try to decide if they are reporting the news or telling you what to think, try sending the reporter what you think, see if they report that!