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Segment: Protecting the FDE's reputation and providing the best information
Source: Interview with Jack Kaufman: journalist, member of the Florida Defenders of the Environment
and UF Zoology professor. Kaufman joined the Florida Defenders of the Environment in 1970 with
Length of Segment: 00:00:56
Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.
Interviewer: "Has there, in that process, do you still have to be just as prepared and do the same kind of
very careful factual analysis and presentations that you had to do ten or fifteen years ago?"
Jack: "Sure. If we'd show up at a hearing unprepared and get caught up in some, giving wrong
information or out of date information, we could lose our reputation as fast as we built it up. It took a
long time to build it up, but you could lose it in a hurry by giving one bad presentation and being caught
out by the opposition, so you've got to be on your toes all the time and make sure that the reputation
that you've been so careful to build, over the years, is sustained by always giving the truth, at least as far
as it's available. I'm not saying we never make mistakes, at least the information that we give is the best
information that's available at the time then we give it."