'The End of Objectivity' in media--if it ever existed
- for newspapers to pretend to "hold on" to it in the growing age of online opinions and fast-moving facts only holds them back.
- "We may aspire to [objectivity],
- Even CNN, which launched more than 25 years ago, has taken a decidedly more personality-driven and opinionated tone, something on display even more so at somewhat newer competitors like MSNBC. When a viewer of those channels turns to a newspaper, in print or online, they may be expecting a slanted viewpoint — and sometimes want one.
- Too often now, opinion is substituted as fact, and
- the collection of opinion is substituted for reporting.""...
- "We have gotten it so wrong with the idea of giving equal play to both sides," says Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of Huffingtonpost.com and a longtime proponent of trading arbitrary "balance" for truth....
- and on the other side someone with just an opinion, but they have no credibility.""
- P.S. No one will stop any of this. There is no governing board to maintain standards, as is often the case in third world Banana Republics. (sm)
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