Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Journalistic objectivity

Questions are being raised about PBS anchor Gwen Ifill's objectivity after news surfaced that she is releasing a new book promoting Barack Obama and other black politicians who have benefited from the civil rights struggle.

So this is probably not as much of a "smoking gun" as some would say, but it still raises the serious question of just exactly how unbiased are our unbiased journalists? This election cycle has seen more overtly biased reporting than ever before, and I think has done more damage to the already beaten and battered public view of journalists as a profession than they can stand. The traditional media is losing eyeballs at a fantastic rate and they seem to be clueless why.

I'm a biased commentator, and I try to make sure people know it. If they restricted their commentary to the editorial pages (heck, create a whole section if that's what's needed), they'd be much better off.

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