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Hypergene MediaBlog » Rethinking objectivity in a world of spin

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Monday, 21 Jul 2003

Rethinking objectivity in a world of spin

Excellent - and lengthy - CJR piece by Brent Cunningham that blames the ill-defined notion of objectivity for media lapses in coverage.

”...The press operates under a number of conflicting diktats: be neutral yet investigative; be disengaged but have an impact; be fair-minded but have an edge. Therein lies the nut of our tortured relationship with objectivity. Few would argue that complete objectivity is possible, yet we bristle when someone suggests we aren’t being objective - or fair, or balanced - as if everyone agrees on what they all mean."

Posted on Jul 21, 2003 | 12:30 am EST
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