For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for February 10, 2024

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    Jacob Mattingly   6 months ago

    A great line

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    Argythree  6 months ago

    Mike learns a lesson that most reporters today don’t seem to get…

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    GeorgeInAZ  6 months ago

    Good for Mike.

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    Grumpy Old Guy  6 months ago

    A great life’s lesson to build upon….

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    fuzzbucket Premium Member 6 months ago

    In modern journalism, that gets you unemployed.

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    howtheduck  6 months ago

    I love that look Mr. Bergner has on his face as he delivers that last line.

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    snsurone76  6 months ago

    IMHO, Mr. Bergner deserves MUCH better from life than the hand he was dealt.

    So…Monday starts another arc, right? I hope it focuses on something other than Elly’s neuroses!!

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    Botulism Bob  6 months ago

    Listen to your conscience!

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    Tantor  6 months ago

    Celebrity vs honesty. I’ve chosen the former a long time ago. Look at me now

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    FreyjaRN Premium Member 6 months ago

    True that.

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    French Persons Premium Member 6 months ago

    One of the worst things that ever happened to the western world was the rise of 24/7 Cable News Networks in the late 1980’s.

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    GoBlue  6 months ago

    ‘Integrity’ is a word that has been banned from most dictionaries on journalists’ desks.

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    happyinvenice23  6 months ago

    Morning Lynn, You got that Right, Good Day!

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    Gumby@Large  6 months ago

    the world needs more integrity

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    fjc007  6 months ago

    A nice arc would be Mr. Beringer coming around and approving publication. And then maybe being recognized in some public way by the school body.

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    King”s Cook Premium Member 6 months ago

    Sad but true.

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    Richard0337  6 months ago

    A brilliant line!

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    VegaAlopex  6 months ago

    Integrity is best because one would know it. What anyone else thinks if irrelevant, and the truth comes out.

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    More Coffee Please! Premium Member 6 months ago

    Something that’s far too lacking these days, and not just in journalism. We’re all the worse for that.

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    Redd Panda  6 months ago

    No integrity? Well, FOX is hiring.

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    freewaydog  6 months ago

    Maybe Mr. Bergner will read it & change his mind & tell Michael to publish it after all? Idk I don’t remember this storyline.

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    cdusold Premium Member 6 months ago

    I barely remember when the evening news expanded to half an hour from fifteen minutes. That gave the networks time to tell you how to feel about the news (not that there was much more news). Now you can be entertained for twenty three hours and forty five minutes being told how you feel about fifteen minutes of news from any politic-emotional-demographic perspective that suits you. I miss Paul Harvey, at least he said outright his program ( five minutes in the morning) was news and comment.

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    kaycstamper  6 months ago

    He has a lot of wisdome though. From a life well lived.

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    kaystari Premium Member 6 months ago

    I wish all journalists cared more about integrity than they do about loyalty or money.

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    KageKat  6 months ago

    I figure doing something like this is still good manners!

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    markkahler52  6 months ago

    O well, Mike…But now WE all know the man’s story don’t we?! ;)

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    yankfan25  6 months ago

    I’m glad to see Michael do the right thing.

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    360guy Premium Member 6 months ago

    As someone who worked in newsrooms for 20 years, I can tell you journalists are not rewarded for integrity.

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    Free or Not? Premium Member 6 months ago

    Well done…..

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    Bob Blumenfeld  6 months ago

    And that’s journalism lesson number three.

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    dlaemmerhirt999  6 months ago

    I knew he wouldn’t do it! Good man.

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    jarvisloop  6 months ago

    Considering the history of journalism over the past two hundred years or so, it seems that integrity has always been in short supply. Willingness to favor one political faction or another…. well, that’s a different matter.

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    Snolep  6 months ago

    So, guess he won’t be interviewing Putin, then?

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    oakie817  6 months ago

    amen

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    allenmichael1941  6 months ago

    Absolutely Mr. Bergenfield!

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    allenmichael1941  6 months ago

    Crazy spell check Mr. Bergner.

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    Twelve Badgers in a Suit Premium Member 6 months ago

    Mike is learning more about journalism from Mr. Bergner than Weed knows about any subject.

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    Watchdog  6 months ago

    Wisdom!

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Yep, this was definitely written long before “journalists” lost their morals.

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    pheets  6 months ago

    Mike will be the only one that gets that.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 6 months ago

    Mr. Bergner is a very wise man.

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    raybarb44  6 months ago

    At one time…….

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    nostall  6 months ago

    Well said.

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    Tetonbil Premium Member 6 months ago

    Sadly, another great thing we have loss. If any of have enough money you could buy the media too.

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    g04922  6 months ago

    Great words of advice to today’s so-called journalists… To bad they choose to ignore this basic precept.

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    Brent Rosenthal Premium Member 6 months ago

    (Mike) will remember this conversation and will use it as a lesson for the remainder of his career.

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    gammaguy  6 months ago

    @MichaelAxelFleming: “Ethical journalists exist.”

    The existence of actual “journalists” — as they were defined when I studied “journalism” — is in doubt. At that time, the primary rule for a news article was that it be “clear, concise, and accurate”.

    With the essentially unlimited page length of internet “news” sites, “concise” seems to be a word that the “journalists” not only don’t understand, but may never have heard.

    “Clear”? I don’t consider it “clear” if I have to scroll through three screen-pages or more of what everyone was wearing and their family histories before reaching what was mentioned in the headline.

    As for “accurate”, adding numerous details that don’t describe the event which is (supposedly) the purpose of the article but which the writer feels might be somehow related doesn’t increase accuracy; it obscures it.

    A consequence of that 3-part rule — when articles were limited by size and number of pages and competition for page space from other articles and ads — was that the most important information was contained in the first paragraph, with each succeeding paragraph adding a bit more detail, in decreasing order of importance. That way, if an editor decided that an article needed to be shortened (use less space), it could be done by progressively deleting paragraphs from the end, without leaving a “dangling” detail with no clue as to what it was a detail of/for.

    But too many of today’s “journalists” seem to feel obliged to write novels — or at least short stories — somehow “inspired by” the actual news event. And I suspect that one result of this is that many readers minds will “fill in” presumed details from their memory of previous “news”, without ever getting to the writers’ descriptions of their own actual observations.

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    gammaguy  6 months ago

    Alas, it seems that Mr. Bergner is giving Mike better advice than his parents ever did, although it seems that Lynn recognizes that.

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    beingthereDave Premium Member 6 months ago

    I’ve been worried about how this would go. I’m so glad Michael did the right thing!

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    rebelstrike0  6 months ago

    Sounds like Lynn Johnston confronted the woman whose face she saw in the mirror after writing this strip.

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    teachteed23  6 months ago

    A journalist with integrity? Really? Oxymoron if I ever heard of one.

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    rbullfogg  6 months ago

    Maybe not to today’s standard, but great words of wisdom. We need good reporting, especially without all the sensationalism!

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    braindead Premium Member 6 months ago

    No MAGAt will understand this cartoon.

    They believe Tucker is a journalist.

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    rebelstrike0  6 months ago

    I saw a meme about “point of view”:

    Photograph of Dan Rather interviewing Putin: Journalism

    Photograph of Barbara Walters interviewing Putin: Journalism

    Photograph of Tom Brokaw interviewing Putin: Journalism

    Photograph of Tucker Carlson interviewing Putin: Treason!

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    posse1 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Nice job Lynne Johnston.

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    pmhpmhpmh  5 months ago

    Has no one figured out where this is going? The article will be published… Then all H E double hockey sticks will break loose. All to the detriment of poor Mr. Bergner. Say… What nationality is he??? (That was a hint)

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    hubbard3188  5 months ago

    This story line is a homerun. Very good.

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    soaringblocks  5 months ago

    This truth made me cry thankful tears. Yes. Integrity counts.

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    Fiammata  5 months ago

    MSNBC should read this today.

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    The Great_Black President  5 months ago

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s strip. Will John, Elly, Elizabeth, April, Connie, Greg, and Gordon be doing the Tomahawk chop in support of the Kansas City Chiefs?

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    HodgeElmwood  5 months ago

    Based on that quality, good journalism is dead.

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    Laurie Stoker Premium Member 5 months ago

    Awww! ❤️

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    BaconBoyCamper  5 months ago

    Another of life’s best lessons, Mike

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    cornpopper Premium Member 5 months ago

    So be it.

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    Curiosity Premium Member 5 months ago

    Something that seems to be sadly lacking in way too many publications today. Especially on the outer extremes, and most recently (it wasn’t always this way) on the so called right.

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    aussie399 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Now I know why there are so few journalists. And pollies.

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