So, Daniel Pearl is dead.

You know, people spend so much time knocking journalists, and deservedly so at times, but I wonder how many ever consider how passionate many reporters and photographers feel about their work, how many risk their lives every day to try to provide a voice for an ignored party. Yesterday's Oprah was about what motivates journalists to risk their lives to go to war-torn nations. Christiane Amanpor, that ubiquitous CNN correspondent, said something striking. She said war reporters are a little like firefighters. They run toward danger instead of away from it because they feel that they have an important job to do, one that no one else will do.

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