I’ve heard this idea come up quite a few times in my journalism classes. When does valuing ‘balance’ and ‘objectivity’ become an obstruction to the real truth? Or should neutral objectivity always be number one, even in situations such as this?
Great food for thought (if you’re a journalism geek such as I). Let me know what you think!
People like him are always championing ‘balance’ over objectivity," he continued. "They have to bring everything back to a discussion about how ‘both sides’ are guilty, instead of doing his job as a referee. If every single journalist just simply labeled birtherism what it obviously is — racism — the cancer wouldn’t have infected half the party. Maybe 25% or so, but most would be like, ‘Okay, this isn’t socially respectable.’