Modern journalists are taught to avoid genuine challenge of political power-Greenwald
In reality, the opposite can be true: The most insightful kind of journalist tends to be one with proficiencies in other subjects. Oppenheimer, the Yale Journalism Initiative director, has it about right: “The animating belief of our program,” he wrote last fall, “is that the best journalism training is expertise in the liberal arts — whether Chinese literature, chemistry, geology, or economics — along with the preparation to bring that expertise, in a tough-minded, hard-hitting way, to the media.” So if you take a full major's worth of journalism classes, that's about twelve (or however many) less classes in the humanities that could've equipped you
- with an intellectual framework from which to approach your work....
“The conventions of modern establishment journalism are designed to suppress any genuine adversarial challenges to political power,” (Glenn) Greenwald told me recently. “In 2005, David Halberstam said: 'By and large, the more famous you are, the less of a journalist you are.' I'd add: by and large, the more you cling to the orthodoxies of modern journalism,
- the less of a journalist you are.”
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