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Reporters too often claim to be objective, but in fact none of us are. We are shaped and influenced by our upbringing, our race, gender, and religion or lack of one; our loved ones and friends; and the lives we have lived.

I had a successful, businessman father who, though he grew up in an orphanage and never finished high school, insisted I do well in whatever I did. I went to an Ivy League school, was drafted into the Army at the end of the Korean War, and trained as an interrogator in the Counterintelligence Corps.

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