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Blog 6: Should journalists be objective?

Should journalists be objective when it comes to political news?  In theory it would help create more discourse if there was and would help people who want to get in politics decipher what is going on an not be confused by the two warring sides that are out there.  This is all in theory though.  The current system where you have political news broken up into two differing sides that is not objective gives people more reason to follow whatever party that they choose to follow.  You need your Keith Olbermann’s of the world to say something that everyone else will think is radical.

You need your Bill O’Reilly’s and Rush Limbaugh’s to make you think that the right side is just plain bat shit crazy and stuck in the 1950’s.

You need two bickering sides being bias because it would be boring without it.  Even though objectivity is a great idea and would be wonderful to have the reason some of our “anchors” and pundits are so popular is because they make statements that are off the wall.  Political news is very dry as it is and if people just got the facts it wouldn’t sell for stations.  You get somebody who says Obama is racist, Palin is stupid, or McCain is old enough to have fought in Vietnam AND the Civil War, you get viewers.  I think objectivity is a wonderful idea, but when it comes to a topic that can be rather boring you need those people that are going to stir the pot and make you watch.  Does that make me a bad person? Possibly.  But the question is now…do you think I’m correct?

These are the faces that drive us insane, but we wouldn’t have it any other way

  1. March 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    No, you’re probably right that much of what drives the appeal of partisan media is the conflict. Just like we watch reality TV for the conflict.

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