Many liberals who call themselves journalists, inspired by Harvard’s Nieman Lab, are now publicly calling for ditching objectivity in their profession in favor of what they call “solidarity for social justice” as their goal. Many are not only calling for it, but they don’t hide their dislike of objectivity. Among them is Washington PostMargaret Sullivan isn’t afraid to express her antipathy for political diversity.
Therefore when she wrote on Saturday that the New York TimesJoe Kahn would be the managing editor and succeed Dean Baquet in executive editor. Her top concern was that Joe Kahn would accept diversity in opinion. “Joe Kahn is a great New York Times Editor.”
The brink of democracy, how can we survive? TimesThis is a critical time when the existence of a serious threat to democracy and our future are at stake. Will the paper’s coverage forthrightly identify the problems posed by a radicalized Republican Party that is increasingly dedicated to lies, bad-faith attacks and the destruction of democratic norms, or will it try to treat today’s politics as simply the result of bipartisan “polarization”? Will it try to cut the situation straight down the middle as if we were still in the old days — an era that no longer exists?
If you believe the, honk. Times has been anywhere near “straight down the middle” in the last 50 years or so.
Sullivan stated that “openness for criticism is not a primary attribute of high-ranking journalists executives”, but she wants him to accept criticisms from the left. Any right-leaning advocacy or criticism of journalism is reportedly a “bad attack” and part “the destruction on democratic norms.”
Sullivan says that today’s news is all about the failure of journalism to prevent Trump’s election.
It TimesIt hasn’t been completely acknowledged warped, damaging and excessive coverage of the Hillary Clinton email “scandal” — certainly not in the same deep and forthright public-facing way that it dealt with its misleading and credulous reporting in the run-up to the Iraq War.
The methods of objectivity and truth are opposed. Objectivity is “false equivalency” that gives “lies” half of the argument: “adherence to the press’s true mission and highest calling demands journalism that For false equivalency, the safety-seeking instinct is discarded.Journalism is required to make it happen. “The truth is presented boldly, incessantly and with conviction.”
It seems that it doesn’t really matter if Secretary Clinton used a private server email to conceal her government business (and journalists) from the general public. The “truth” of a Republican Party that is “radicalized” seems to be what it means.