The genuine journalist must be nosy but fair.
His profession strictly requires him to be so.
But between a public matter and private affair,
the legitimate, fine distinctions he must know.
His nose for news must be tempered by discretion,
that sharp sense that condemns the mangling of insight,
that creeping in of gossip with truth's distortion,
and that blurring of borders between wrong and right.
With the highest respect for what's confidential,
he must despise tolerance for any coverup.
To inform, to enlighten, these are essential
for him to smile when his time is finally up!