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Blog 6: Journalism Objectivity

I believe that when presenting the news journalist should try there best to be objective. Of course today, with so many news sources and channels journalist tend to steer away from objectivity and express their own thoughts and opinions. Not to say that this is wrong given when you tune into a news station such as Fox or CNN you expect nothing less than to hear at least one opinion. I found a quote in an article about objectivity in the news stating that

There is no such thing as objectivity, and the truth, that slippery little bugger, has the oddest habit of being way to hell off on one side or the other: it seldom nestles neatly halfway between any two opposing points of view.

I think that his quote hits the nail right on the head. It is true that it is so hard to pin down the truth exactly. In an interview most people have the tendency to slightly exaggerate a story as to make themselves look better. Most news castors such as Bill O’Reiley and Keith Olbermann have made a good chunk of change putting their own spin on news happenings of the day. I think that it is hard now a days to remain objective because news audiences want to hear opinions. They depend on these opinions to help form their political views. I think that news castors should try their best to report political news objectively, but I understand why it is so difficult. I found this video clip, which is ironically Keith Olbermann, that I enjoyed watching about Walter Cronkite that talked about how one of his best strengths in broadcasting came from him being objective. It goes on to discuss how it has changed since the old era and goes into quite a bit of detail about the news reporting 30 years ago.

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  1. March 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Good job. Your key points (the opinion sells and that objectivity [or truth] is difficult to attain) are good ones.

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