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Re: “The Dem-Gaz's failed quest for objectivity

I think the author here makes the all-too-unfortunate and common conflation of "objectivity" with "neutrality," the latter of which I think she ably deconstructs. Objectivity, as an Enlightenment value that seeks truth via facts and analyzes them based on logical, rational arguments, can and does exist, even if imperfectly outside of the hard sciences. Neutrality is itself a fallacy, presupposing "two" (and only two) sides that require "balance" on the part of the journalist or editor, and it's here I think the author was dead on, or rather the quoted guidelines were at the end of the piece. It is peculiar that those guidelines seem to support a notion of objectivity ("There is no such thing as 50/50 balance. There is a truth and we work our damndest to get there."), yet the author doesn't address this.

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Posted by Don M. Burrows on 10/14/2011 at 2:58 PM

 

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