Valmai Owens is one of the most outstanding women I have ever met.Today I watched the hearing of Rupert Murdoch and his son. All I could think was, if we had more journalists like Valmai Owens, this would not be happening. Yet there they were, the people who began the torture Michael Jackson with one word…”Jacko”.They have lied consistently to the public for forty years . Not a word of truth in anything they wrote. Truly,Valmai Owens is what we all so greatly need.
I first became an undying fan of Ms. Owens when I read an article she had written entitled “Truth vs. Sensationalism. Her article defined and gave a solution to yellow journalism. Valmai Owens in one article said what the world needed to hear for almost half of a century. Here are some of the rules Ms. Owens suggested in “Truth vs. Sensationalism”.
“Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
Deliberate distortion is never permissible.
Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.
Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.
Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct. Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others”
From the article “Truth vs. Sensationalism/Valmai Owens: Director of Publications
Creator/Editor of Fans In The Mirror~ (MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE PORTRAIT)
Her work is so splendid…and she attributes who she is today to Michael Jackson. I love the way Valmai Owens Loves Michael Jackson.. This is what she had to say about Michael. It is beautiful,indeed.
Michael had a beautiful heart, which he shared with the world unconditionally at great cost to his own happiness at times. He was a great humanitarian and had an enormous capacity to love. His greatest love was for his children and then his fans, but he also loved to perform and create his music. Inspired as he was, there is no doubt that he loved to be upon the stage to share his incredible talent with the world. He shined bright and captured millions of hearts by his passion and his undeniable genius. I will always love and remember Michael and how he inspired me to become the person I am today.
Still missing him everyday. I don’t think that will end. He has been a part of my life from the time The Jackson Five released their first album. I begged my mother to buy it for me and I still have it to this day. Now I am teaching my grandchildren to appreciate his life, music, genius and beautiful heart.
“There is no joy in life without love and without love there is no hope. So then, look to a childs heart and see all these things and tell me we have no future? They are our teachers and if we learn from them, we can paint the world the color of pea…ce and hang freedom upon it’s walls framed in shades of harmony.” Copyrite 2010. Valmai Owens
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