Journalistic Objectivity Sours Wall Street Reporting - In the News. Journalistic Objectivity Sours Wall Street Reporting Posted on Sep 25, 2011 In an attempt “not to judge either side” involved in the anti-corporate demonstrations that have gone on near Wall Street since Sept. 17, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter used the word “battle” in a tweet to describe Saturday’s altercation between police and protesters, in which officers pepper-sprayed apparently peaceful demonstrators.
New Jersey journalist Michael Tracey took issue with Stelter’s choice of words. Despite video evidence that Tracey says shows police used undue aggression against protesters, Stelter characterized the two parties as battlers, a word Tracey points out suggests both were equal aggressors in the conflict. Michael Tracey: So I had a question for Stelter — what evidence indicated to him that a “battle” had taken place yesterday, or in other words, what evidence indicated that protestors had “battled” police?
New and Improved Comments. Media and Political Bias. Media / Political Bias There is no such thing as an objective point of view.
No matter how much we may try to ignore it, human communication always takes place in a context, through a medium, and among individuals and groups who are situated historically, politically, economically, and socially. This state of affairs is neither bad nor good. It simply is. Bias is a small word that identifies the collective influences of the entire context of a message. Politicians are certainly biased and overtly so. Journalists, too, speak from political positions but usually not overtly so. The press is often thought of as a unified voice with a distinct bias (right or left depending on the critic). For citizens and information consumers (which are one in the same today), it is important to develop the skill of detecting bias. Critical questions for detecting bias What is the author's / speaker's socio-political position? Bias in the news media Is the news media biased toward liberals?
Language, Politics, and Journalistic Objectivity. FOX News, MSNBC and Objectivity - Objectivity in Cable News. This is a confusing time for journalism students.
Professors stress the importance of objectivity in reporting, but some of the most prominent journalists in the country - the hosts of cable TV talk shows - are anything but objective. So what's going on? What's going on is that two of the three main cable news channels - FOX News and MSNBC - have discovered that opinion-based talk shows get high ratings. High ratings mean more money for these networks, so there's little incentive for either FOX or MSNBC to change their formats any time soon.
FOX, on the one hand, is the conservative alternative for people who believe the so-called mainstream media have a liberal bent. MSNBC, meanwhile, has in recent years positioned itself as the liberal alternative to FOX. There's a reason O'Reilly, Olbermann and their ilk are popular - they're entertaining. What is Objective Reporting? Objective reporting is a bit like science. An Example Again, the shows can be very entertaining. Journalistic Objectivity and Economic Stories. We have a lot to complain about in the way most media have handled economic stories.
Even the so-called public media outlets such as NPR have been problematic. Here is the text of a speech I gave at an Indymedia Conference in Oakland, CA – Nov. 13, 2010 dealing with one of journalism’s sacred cows -objectivity- and its effect on economic stories. Hello, I’m Kéllia Ramares. Thank you for having me, and Happy Anniversary, Indymedia. Objectivity does not exist, in journalism or in any other sphere. Seeing what we expect to see also explains the results of polls that elicit certain types of answers depending on how the question is formulated.
So if there is no such thing as objectivity, what passes for objectivity in journalism and, is it a good thing? Objectivity can take the form of what I call “He said, she said” journalism. But the truth, even in the seemingly obvious case of Hitler, is neither simple nor objective. Thank you. CC 2010, Kéllia Ramares, BY-NC-SA. Questioning Journalistic Objectivity.
Journalism, as we've known it, has been mourned deeply over the last few years.
The Internet has changed everything. "Citizen journalism," a phrase that still inspires dirty looks at most journalism conferences, has blurred the lines between objectivity and subjectivity, paid and unpaid labor, news and opinion. It gives veteran journalists agita to imagine totally untrained people messing around in their exclusive, albeit hardscrabble, club. With all this reshaping and shifting of our industry, all this talk about changing financial models and publishing structures, now is an opportune time to question one of the field's most defended values: objectivity. This issue has been particularly present for me as I'm on the final stages of writing a book -- a collection of profiles of ten people under 35 who are doing interesting social justice work. And I told them that I would show them drafts and give them a chance to give me feedback and correct inaccuracies before the pieces become public. Public Journalism and the Problem of Objectivity. Bob Schieffer, Ron Paul and journalistic "objectivity" - Glenn Greenwald.
CBS News‘s Bob Schieffer is the classic American establishment TV journalist: unfailingly deferential to the politically powerful personalities who parade before him, and religiously devoted to what he considers his own “objectivity,” which ostensibly requires that he never let his personal opinions affect or be revealed by his journalism.
Watch how thoroughly and even proudly he dispenses with both of those traits when interviewing Ron Paul last Sunday on Face the Nation regarding Paul’s foreign policy views. You actually believe 9/11 was America’s fault? Your plan to deal with the Iranian nuclear program is to be nicer to Iran? This interview is worth highlighting because it is a vivid case underscoring several points about the real meaning of the much-vaunted “journalistic objectivity”: (2) When it comes to views not shared by the leadership of the two parties, as in the above excerpt from the Paul interview, everything changes. Idealogical Polarization. Origins of Objectivity - Richard Kaplan. Transformation of the Press - Richard Kaplan.