I often assign my law students Kazuo Ishiguro's 1989 novel The Remains of the Day, the tale of the perfect English butler struggling to come to terms with the sins of the great nobleman he once served. Today, we professionals constantly justify ourselves and our own conduct on the grounds that we are merely serving the interests of someone else--our clients, our readers, our viewers, our constituents. Ishiguro's gracefully written novel forces us to confront the question whether, in serving others, we are yielding our human responsibility to make serious moral judgments.
Perhaps you will find within it inspiration. Perhaps you will, within your capacity as a journalist and guardian of the truth, choose to act.
Jonathan D. Simon
Executive Director, Election Defense Alliance