Saturday, November 11, 2006

This is not connected with any of the current events, but is something I am questioning for a while.
What do you guys think about the tone of a story? How much of truth we should present and in what way to avoid offending somebody.
For example: I wrote an article about different drinking habits between American and Europeans. Although the story did not say who has better one, it did say that Americans drink mostly just to get drunk, while in Europe people start drinking for pleasure and taste.
I did talk to several American friends and they confirmed that conclusion. However, one journalist from Wichita Eagle said the story might be offensive.
My question is: If you are saying the unwanted truth, what is the line between saying it straight out and masking it so readers don't get offended?

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