If you were one of the 1000+ babies born at the Queen Mary Maternity Hospital in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1972-73, chances are you don’t have any secrets.
Those babies (now pushing 40) have grown up as the most scientifically studied group of people in the world. Starting at age 3, and every couple of years since, they’ve had every aspect of their physical and mental health examined and reported on in over 1100 publications. The latest paper to make a splash was on self-control. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the Dunedin study subjects with the lowest self-control as children have the worst health as adults. But what intrigued us was the finding that self-control was also linked to financial health…which is why we went to Duke University last week to interview the study’s associate director, Terri Moffitt, for our story about money tips for tots.
Here’s what was left on the cutting room floor:
If we were a newspaper and someone threw a small bomb through the window, crippling our printing press and shutting down operations until we could get a replacement, we’d call the police. But what’s the equivalent of 911 when a cyber attack happens? Who will reimburse us for lost man and woman hours and reports that didn’t get published when actual news was breaking? And will it undermine the trust our viewers and readers place in us? How to place a value on that?
This breach wasn’t done to steal national secrets or money from us, but to express anger over the work of the free press. That work will go on. At Frontline and at the NewsHour, everyone is focused on getting on with their jobs covering the news, the most important developments in the nation and in the world. But we do so feeling violated by a stranger. I guess that makes us wiser, determined to work harder to protect the work we do. And I hope it doesn’t make us, or any other news organization, more cautious."
— Judy Woodruff writes about this week’s hacking attacks on PBS websites and overcoming efforts to silence a free press.