I take my role as a watchdog of and for the profession and a chronicler of its news, trends and events very seriously. There aren’t many independent accounting media organizations out there, and before Enron turned the profession on its head, the mainstream business press was only interested in what was happening inside accounting firms if there was a scandal at a large company like Xerox or Waste Management.

A reporter’s job, the old axiom goes, is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." It takes great discernment at times to decide who’s comfortable and who’s afflicted, and roles can often be reversed. It’s no secret, for instance, that over the years I’ve held the American Institute of CPAs’ feet to the fire for actions and deeds which I feared may not have been in the accounting profession’s best interests. The campaign for Cognitor, and the way CPA2Biz was conceived and executed come to mind.

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