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Blog 6: Objectivity and Journalism Today

In a perfect world journalists would be objective and unbiased. But, as we all know, we do not live in a perfect world and our news is often tainted with the bias’ of the men and women of the news industry. Objective journalism is important  not just  for the news industry, but for a functioning democracy as well.  Objective reporting allows citizens to make informed decisions on their own instead of the talking heads on television and radio telling them what to think. Unfortunately objective reporting reached its peak in the mid 20th century and has been in decline ever since. At the end of the clip seen below Bill Moyers interviews Walter Pincus of the Washington Post and he can sum up what I believe is the problem with objectivity and the media today.

I do believe that some bias in the press can be a good thing, but only to a certain degree. With journalists having certain takes on issues they can open up our eyes to a point of view we might not have ever thought of. I can see the point certain media hot heads like Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly are trying to get across and sometimes they are both right on a topic. And lets face it, watching two sides bicker on t.v can be quite entertaining, if not we would not have entire television channels like Fox News and MSNBC dedicated to it.

In the end though I believe that it is more important for journalists to be objective in their reporting and for people to receive their news from objective sources. Some “objective” news sources I get my news from includes the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and to some extent CNN. It’s okay to dabble in partisan news but I would not make it part of my “hard news” diet. Unfortunately with so much money to be made in non-objective news I doubt we will ever return to the glory days of objective reporting.

  1. March 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Interesting that you label BBC and Al-Jazeera “objective” news sources. Why do you think these sources are objective? Do you think other parts of the world have an easier time creating “objective” news?

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