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Last Word from Governor Bone: Media, Shape Up!

Since July 28, 2009, I have been sharing quotes from speeches given by Alaska Territorial Governor Scott C. Bone reprinted in his book:

Bone, Scott C. 1925. Alaska, its past, present, future. [Juneau, Alaska?]: Issued by the Governor’s Office.

Today I close this book, but I really hope that I’ve encouraged you to pick up this book and others like it. See for yourself what attitudes are as old as the hills and what things — bad and good — we have left behind. It’s definitely informative and I’m sure that some of you will find it entertainingly as well.

Our last quote is as old as the hills, yet could be quoted by politicians today with a little adjustment.  Judge for yourself from this bit on page 46, the last page of the book:

[Warren Harding had these rules for his newspaper employees while he was a publisher, these are quoted by Governor Bone as follows: – Daniel]

  • Remember there are two sides to every question. Get both.
  • Be truthful. Get the facts. I would rather have one story exactly right than a hundred half wrong.
  • Be decent. Be fair. Be generous. Boost: don’t knock.
  • Remember there is good in everybody. Bring out the good and never needlessly hurt the feelings of anyone.
  • In reporting a political gathering, get the facts. Tell the story as it is–not as you would like to have it. Treat all parties alike.
  • Treat all religious matters reverently.
  • If it can possibly be avoided, never bring ignominy to an innocent woman or child in telling of the misdeeds of misfortunes of a relative.

To this, Governor Bone says,

If newspaperdom of this twentieth century would uniformly observe and adhere to such a creed, what a brighter and better world this would be!

Sound familiar?

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3 Responses

  1. Excellent words to live by. Former Gov. Palin categorically did just the opposite of every point.

  2. Is there currently, or will be, a copy of Gov Bone’s book for download or via the Gutenberg Project / Internet Archive?

  3. Not that I’m aware of. But you can request the book through interlibrary loan at your local library.

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