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“As long as a journalist tells the truth in conscience and fairness ,it is not his job to worry about consequences . the truth is never dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets the man free” – Ben Bradlee
Every day is a special day to someone in one or the other way . It has got its own story to be told to the world. 26 August is one such day of significance for the media world- the birthday of Benjamin C Bradlee, one of the most well-known personalities in the field of journalism.
“Bardlee’s significance to journalism is unparalleled. The 17 Pulitzer awards that Washington Post won during his 26 year tenure is a great testimony to the man’s vision and dedication to journalistic values,” says Mr Vishal Nayak, Head, Dept of Mass Communication, St. Aloysius College.
Benjamin Crowninshield ‘Ben’ Bradlee was born in Boston, Massachusetts as a member of Boston Brahmin Crownshield family. A World War II veteran, Bardlee started his career in print media as a reporter at New Hampshire Sunday news in 1946, a venture which he helped to launch.
After he sold the paper, in 1948 he started working for the Washington Post. He began as a reporter and later become the Editor of the same.
As an executive editor Bradlee marked the history with his own signature way of journalism and investigation. His endless efforts to bring out the reality and face of the truth before the society made him to become one of the most eminent newspaper journalists of his era.
Bradlee is known to be responsible for publishing the infamous pentagon papers and exposing the Watergate presidential scandal, for which he received the Pulizter prize for public service.
His never dying spirit and determination contributed news stories and reports to transform “the post” from an ordinary traditional paper into an influential and respectable metropolitan daily, during his 26 years long tenure.
In 2007 the French government bestowed upon him the country’s highest award. He authored two books on President Kennedy That Special Grace and Conversations With Kennedy.
Ban Bradlee was a man of higher aspiration towards the truth and reality. He dedicated his life for the sake of bringing out the real face of truth in front the society. His life has become an inspiration for all those who strive to succeed in the field of printmedia.