Courage in journalism

By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 28, 2012

There's a back story yet to be written about Colby's current concentration on globalization. From what I've seen in recent press postings, Tapley is the man to do justice to it. Some of the questions to be answered: What influence is exerted on the curriculum by Diamond and other prominent tycoons among the alumni and trustees? How and when was it determined that the college would give primacy to global studies to advance U.S. geopolitical dominance, with course offerings such as Multinational Corporations, International Trade, and Investment Banking 101? What are some ramifications of fraudulent manipulation of interbank lending rates (LIBOR) — incalculable tragedies linked to current market instability and hardships experienced in the general populace worldwide? Who are the faculty who train the wannabe profiteers for their career tracks? Among the consequences of development on a global scale are threats to natural resources from sprawling industrialization. Attention must be paid.

When Bob Woodward advised "Get information. Do it in a very thorough and civilized way," he could have been alluding to Lance Tapley's own stories for the Phoenix on this and many other subjects. Tapley's writing has the elegance and understatement that are trademarks of civility; he is an intrepid journalist of the first rank, and if it were up to me, he would be next in line for the Lovejoy prize.

Jody Spear
Harborside

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