October 31, 2013 Leave a comment
“Go out and investigate the bastards!”
That’s how Charles Lewis, investigative reporter and the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, ended his talk at the Missouri School of Journalism on Oct. 29, 2013. He was there to accept a Missouri Honor Medal for his achievements.
He spent some time talking about his past work and future book slated for publication in 2014. The driver behind several of these efforts – the Iraq War investigations into military contracts, the behemoth project chronicling 935 false statements by public officials about the war, and the book The Future of Truth: Power, the News Media and the Public’s Right to Know – was Lewis’ reaction to the complete lack of truth available in the Iraq War. In 2005, after the invasion, he said he remembers some polling that showed 60 percent of Americans still thought there really had been WMD in Iraq.
“So you’re a journalist, but information doesn’t matter anymore,” Lewis said. “So instead of going to a shrink, I decided to go deep.“