As ideologies harden to fanaticism and people with banners herd into warring camps, it remains possible — still — to stand above the madness.
In these most vicious of partisan times, it seems impossible to remain above the fray, examining the issues dispassionately and with no regard for preconceived notions. It is a dangerous era when people feel compelled to take sides, in which the other is regarded as mortal enemies who are, without exception, always wrong.
Standing aside the battlefield to describe the action — the normal behavior of an observer — is fraught with its own peril. It invites attacks from all sides who insist on defining the undefinable, i.e., someone who belongs to neither side. Criticizing either side does not put you in the camp of the other.
The survival of journalism depends on fighting under no flag and being free of ideology. We depend on readers who understand our mission and the dwindling space we occupy.