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« The Politics of the NEA, Part I | Main | Free Reads -- De Palma »

November 22, 2002

Free Reads -- Sullivan on media bias

Friedrich --

Andrew Sullivan has written a subtle yet levelheaded and enjoyable piece about media bias for the Times of London, readable here.

Sample passage:

Bias is inevitable in any grown-up journalist's work. You can try to be balanced (and you're a better journalist if you try) - but even in your choice of topics, selection of guests, presentation of facts, you inevitably show your hand. And a grown-up journalist admits this. Then we can all get on with the task of assessing, discussing, and debating the issues involved. This isn't to say journalism should degenerate into simple propaganda or outright advocacy, at least not in the presentation of news rather than opinion. Trying to present many sides of an issue is a mark of an honest journalist or reporter. And maintaining a distinction between news and opinion is also the mark of an honest editor.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at November 22, 2002




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