I agree with Jay Rosen this morning (PressThink) that journalism is saturated with bias and that is a good thing. In fact, I would go further — it’s completely irrelevant whether it is good or bad anyway because it is bred in the bone. Journalism is created by biased creatures — humans. One of the advances in knowledge these days is that most of us finally realize institutions like The New York Times are not ex cathedra authorities, but just somebody’s idea of the truth — ultimately the publisher’s. (In a sense, Jayson Blair did us all a favor by putting the final nail in that coffin.) It always makes me laugh when I see on the front page of the NYT an article specifically identified as “News Opinion.” It’s all opinion.
There’s more to the post, including some interesting bits of “news.” Between the unabashed, in-your-face left-wing bias in most media outlets like the Gray Lady, and liberal reporters who incorrectly (and disingenuously) refer to themselves as not only objective, but also moderate, I wonder if it’s at all possible to find out just what the heck’s going on anywhere, at any time.
I suppose one could consider it a good thing, to have to pick through the chaff to get to the few kernels of wheat; it keeps us all on our toes. Question everything, and all that. Me, I’d just appreciate it if the slant were more out in the open; it insults my intelligence when I hear about the much-vaunted objectivity of the press. Guess what, folks: it’s entertainment. Reporters are no more worthy of special consideration when getting “the story” than, say, the people who do the voices on The Simpsons. Perhaps we can’t handle the truth. Perhaps we, the “people,” aren’t ready for a straight intel dump when it comes to what’s happening in Fallujah (not much) or how many abuses of the Patriot Act have been reported (none). But I’d like to have the option, if it’s possible.