Bearing witness is important. It is one of the highest aspirations of my profession, journalism, to be a fair and neutral witness—but being “fair and neutral” doesn’t mean ignoring the humanity of a story, or treating all “sides” equally.
Take the Holocaust, for example. As speaker Magda Brown told a packed Chapel of Mercy Tuesday night, General Eisenhower at the end of World War II urged his soldiers to take as many photographs of German death camps as possible, lest the world one day fail to bear witness; lest the world deny the reality of the Holocaust. [...]