“Just the facts, ma’am,” said Sgt. Joe Friday in nearly every segment of Dragnet.
Jack Webb portrayed Sgt. Friday in probably the first of many cop shows. He used that statement when a witness strayed too far from what he or she actually knew to be true and began to delve into hearsay or rumor.
I pulled those profound words from my memory recently when a plethora of rumors began circulating through our community gossip mill. Funny how they apply to my job as well.
“Just the facts.”
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