Opinion

OPINION: The good guys and the misinterpreted

OPINION: Every year the Reader's Digest puts out a list. A list that damages the heart, mind and soul of every journalist.

It's a list of the most trusted professions.

I was thinking of this list on Friday because I interviewed a few firefighters. Lovely chaps they were.

If something was to go wrong, they are exactly who you would want to see at the scene.

I Googled the Reader's Digest's terrible list for 2014 after speaking with them.

Sure enough, there were the dependable firefighters, sitting pretty at number two on the list of most trusted professions.

And 40 places down the list, there I was.

Journalist. Not liked, not to be trusted.

I fantasised for a moment about what it would be like to be a firefighter. Or a paramedic, who was number one on the list of most trusted professions.

Then I crashed back down to earth.

This week I got called a vulture.

That's pretty harsh.

Why did I get called a vulture, you may ask?

Well, I wrote an editorial about the late Phillip Hughes and about how touching it was to see the Test side paying tribute to him.

According to some people out there, people who like to call other people vultures, it's time to move on - we journalists only bring up the tragedy in order to sell papers, apparently, not because the incident was heart wrenching.

You'd never hear a firefighter get called a vulture, but that's another story altogether.

At the bottom of the list? Politicians and door-to-door salesmen.

At least I'm not among that bunch of degenerates.

Topics:  carlie walker, firefighters, opinion, paramedics, trust



No rough oceans ahead for Pier2Pub Swim

READY: Councillor Darren Everard, who has organised the Hervey Bay Pier2Pub for the past six years, will also be participating in the swim this Sunday.

VIDEO: The event will run on Sunday from 8am at the Hervey Bay SLSC.

Meet the Fraser Coast Chronicle's newest journo

Blake Antrobus.

I'm now one of the new reporters at the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

Fraser Coast libraries collecting slide images from the past

Hervey Bay library. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Events have been organised at the library

Local Partners

Sludge metal heaven served up across Australia

Black Rheno bring their stripped back sludge metal through regional Australia.

Black Rheno to hit a town near you

Prog metal upstarts to tour Australia

Caligula’s Horse, one of the country’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November.

Australian prog masters announce national tour

Debra Messing wants to do a 'naughty' Will and Grace reunion

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing wants a "naughty" reunion

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

10 of the worst wedding day disasters

Getting hitched without a hitch. That's the aim, right?

Trump's comments make light of statutory rape

Trevor Noah has gone to town on Donald Trump's sexism

Restaurants soon to be announced at new Gunalda servo

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

Which business would you like to see open in the new centre?

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.