What Happened To “Objective” Journalism?

I know I have been going on about the state of the journalistic world…….most of us realize that the news is manipulated by the corporate owned channels for the control of the societal paradigm.

But can there be “objective” journalism?

Every journalist has a political point-of-view and they don’t magically check that at the door the minute they land a job. Many pretend to pursue some noble cause of pure “objectivity,” but it is truly in vain. Every good journalist is informed about what the subjects they cover and it would be near-impossible to be informed and not have an opinion.

Let’s say a conservative commentator spends a whole minute speaking with passion about some issue. Journalists can show their bias by writing it up in two generally different ways: “Conservative commentator ranted about xyz topic” or “conservative commentator spoke passionately about xyz topic.” In the mind of the reader, the former could paint the conservative as a raving lunatic; the latter, an eloquent defender of ideas.

There is also the more indirect form of tipping your hand: selection bias. For example: some would say Fox News’ “hard news” hours spent way too much time harping on the Benghazi attacks over the last month; others would say MSNBC’s “hard news” programming, in addition to all the traditionally “liberal” broadcast network newscasts, outright ignored the story.

So basically….NO….there is no objectivity in the news reporting game.

One of the best examples of this non-objectivity is the Iraq War……news is tightly controlled to allow only the approved paradigm to be presented to the public.

Source: Iraq War Media Reporting, Journalism and Propaganda — Global Issues

14 thoughts on “What Happened To “Objective” Journalism?

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  1. The only reliable journalism is on the web because all the rest have been bought and are owned and controlled by special interests with agendas and even the online journalism is in jeapordy as the interests that own and control the other more traditional media attempt to extend their reach into the realms of Internet Free Speech and privacy. Enjoy it while you can but to answer the question, “Is Objective Journalism Possible?” Yes it is but only to the extent and in the manner dictated by whoever is hiring the journalist. And I can’t really object to that state of affairs either because if I owned a media outlet I certainly would want some control over what was released over that outlet and I am sure that the whole thing would be tailored (most likely by myself) so that every sentiment expressed on that media would be a reflection of my own ideas. Besides which, “Objective Journalism” requires that people think and people tend to hate thinking. They are more comfortable having their thinking done for them. It is all part of the “Instant Gratification” thing.

    1. This is why I like bloggers…..I may not agree with them but most are just giving their thoughts and it is seldom disguised as “fact”….

      1. But people take it as fact.

        But that’s not unlike the excuse FOX Noise uses to justify it’s daily pile of partisan bullshit. He polluted the minds of millions of vulnerable seniors for years with insane lies, but “Oh, Glenn Beck is just expressing his personal opinion. Just like all our opinion journalists do. But our newscasts are untainted, fair & balanced, journalism.”

        Personal opinion has no place in the news. But thanks to the news becoming another profit/loss division of massive entertainment companies, actual news has a severely limited role in the news. Monkeys throwing their poop at each other? Now that’s a ratings winner!

      2. Journalists are paid by a corporation and they owe their loyalty to that group…news reflects that loyalty..

      3. Oops kind of “crossed my own streams” there. Part of that was supposed to be a stand alone comment. (Too many “anti-stress” brownies.)

        I was going to go off on a “Choose Your Own Fact Adventure” rant about people’s pre-existing opinions being confirmed by millions of fact-free idiots on the Web-pipes who can say absolutely anything and make up shit at will. But it’s more than just “empty opinions”, it fills up space where facts should be. All the opinion acts like an inoculation to facts.

        The big problem with blogging (but especially the Social Media end of the Wep-pipes) is that most people are too stupid to deserve to have an opinion, never mind broadcast it to the world.

    2. “The only reliable journalism is on the web”

      Where did you get that idea? The Web? 🙂

      Kidding aside, you’re pretty much right.

  2. It is unfortunate that people take opinion as fact but careful consideration helps to differentiate. What I find most disturbing is the T.V. newscasters that now insert their personal opinions during factual reporting by overemphasizing words and showing horror, particularly, or approval with their voices. Where is the stoicism of Huntley and Brinkley (my faves) or Walter Cronkite? I have not problem with opinions, stated as such, and while it is hard to separate your own opinion from the telling of facts…it should be the goal.

    1. I agree….but when dealing with a situation I believe that both sides should be given….let the viewer draw their own conclusion.

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