The recent scandal involving CBS News' reporting of President Bush's National Guard records has many people, including journalists, wondering about the accuracy of the news we read and hear.It's especially troubling to me when I see the pattern of sloppy reporting repeated by news outlets such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The public's faith in accurate, unbiased coverage is further eroded by what many see as the "slanted" coverage provided by all-news TV networks such as CNN and Fox News.

Insurance professionals repeatedly ask me about how we develop article ideas for this magazine, and I tell them a majority of our content depends on the willingness of insurance executives to be open and honest about their experiences. I also tell them that my gut feeling is that true to their nature of being risk adverse, insurance executives aren't inclined to tell us the bad news along with the good.

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