The book Reporting the Troubles that I jointly compiled a few years ago presented a fresh side to journalists to the public, many of whom had long been suspicious of our ilk.
The collection of 68 highly personal reflections on incidents or people who had moved the writers during the Troubles was hailed as an important contribution to the understanding of the conflict and the journalists.
And it was encouraging to read Senator George Mitchell's foreword praising the role of reporters during the conflict.
But the recent admissions from former Daily Mirror editor and Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade that he "cheered on the IRA from Fleet Street," secretly supporting the Provos' terror campaign while his papers ostensibly condemned them, were the antithesis of what the vast majority of journalists stood for during the conflict.
Obviously like everyone else, journalists are completely entitled to have their own political beliefs but backing terrorists and trying to justify their barbarity is altogether more reprehensible.
And the same goes for anyone who backed the shameful activities of any rogue security force employees of the State when they were working hand-in-hand with terrorist killers, particularly on the loyalist side.
I can only think of one or two journalists whom I knew who crossed the line - like the reporter who fled back across the Irish Sea from Belfast after republicans claimed he was a British intelligence agent, and a freelance who was charged with a bombing in the city. But the vast majority of journalists whom I have known during decades in the business abhorred the terrorists, be they loyalists or republicans.
I defy anyone who had to meet grieving relatives of victims on both sides after atrocities on an almost daily basis, to support any acts of violence.
Personally the dreadful and dreaded 'doorsteps' totally nullified any political leanings I might have had and I've always despised the bombers and gunmen and what they did, even though I had to build up professional relationships with many of the paramilitaries.
I've recounted the story before but one of the most sickening encounters that I ever had with any men of violence came after a Northern Ireland international football match, over drinks with a UVF contact and a UDA contact who argued with each other about the most humane way to kill someone - with a bullet or a breezeblock. I quickly walked away with a feeling of revulsion - and incredulity - and resolved never to allow myself to end up in a similar situation again.
During the Troubles I hosted functions and I gave talks at events run by loyalists, republicans and mainstream nationalist and unionist parties and I acted in plays written by former republican and loyalist activists but they knew my involvement didn't in any way, shape or form mean I was endorsing their views.
Mr Greenslade's article in the British Journalism Review revealing his support for the IRA was stunning and left me wondering why he had taken so long to finally come clean about where his loyalties really lay during the Troubles when at times he wrote for An Phoblacht but didn't have the courage of his convictions to use his own name.
The answer about his years of subterfuge came in his admission that he kept his views quiet because he "needed a wage".
As a journalism student in my teens an old school friend whose uncle published a loyalist newspaper passed on a request for me to help him. Ridiculously there was even a suggestion that it would give me valuable experience of writing but my answer was short and definitely not sweet.
As for Roy Greenslade, who had little option but to resign from his role of honorary visiting professor of journalism at a London university, the debate over his IRA support took an interesting turn during the week in mainland newspapers and in the magazine Private Eye who reminded their readers that they'd been on his case for over 30 years.
Only a few weeks ago they said that the man dubbed 'Roy of the Provos' had attacked his old paper, the Guardian, for mentioning the IRA in relation to smuggling along the border.
The Eye added that four days later it was disclosed that Ronan Hughes, who was convicted of the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants, had been introduced to international smuggling routes by working for convicted IRA bomber Aidan Grew.
It was interesting to see that Boris Johnson (inset) condemned Greenslade over his unapologetic article.
The PM and Greenslade had previous. For when Johnson was editor of the Spectator in 2000 he refused to apologise for an article in the magazine questioning Greenslade's "dubious connections". Twelve days ago before the latest furore erupted, Greenslade took to Twitter to condemn the graffiti cowards who painted threats on walls against two Belfast journalists.
Better late than never.