Conventional wisdom" is usually a term of disparagement. The emphasis is on "conventional" as in shopworn, mediocre, commonplace. But, actually, it is that commonality that makes this "generally accepted" wisdom most valuable. Conventional wisdom is the platform from which considerations of what is wise and true can best be launched. Without it, public discussion must rely on sometimes incompatible personal wisdoms, which are likely to be "partial" in both senses of the word, biased and incomplete. It is the presentation of conventional wisdom, and its constant renovation through reporting, that are the most crucial functions of journalism.
Dave Marash has spent his career addressing, in depth, a wide range of subjects in local, national, and international news. His live coverage for CBS Radio News of the terrorist siege at the 1972 Munich Olympics won an Overseas Press Club Award. In the years since, he has won 11 Emmy Awards, a DuPont Award, a Global Health Award and Awards from both the New York and Long Island Press Clubs. He has been cited for his reportage of everything from revolution in Nicaragua to wars in the Balkans and the Middle East, to the scourges of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and asbestosis in the United States. He has also done play-by-play coverage of NFL football, NBA basketball, and NHL ice hockey and anchored Baseball Tonight.
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