Ojectivity: Now you see it, now you don’t

29 September 2007

MUNCIE, Indiana: There is a school of thought that the relentless pursuit of a non-existent “objectivity” is what took the blood out of the American journalism marrow and rendered it lifeless to fight the greater battles facing the profession.

And Marvin Kitman advocates in The Nation that the floundering evening news shows throw objectivity out of the window if they are to spring back to life:

The problem with objective journalism is that it doesn’t exist and never did. Molly Ivins disposed of the objectivity question for all time when she observed in 1993, “The fact is that I am a 49-year-old white female, a college-educated Texan. All of that affects the way I see the world. There’s no way in hell that I’m going to see anything the same way that a 15-year-old black high school dropout does. We all see the world from where we stand. Anybody who’s ever interviewed five eyewitnesses to an automobile accident knows there’s no such thing as objectivity.”

Read the full story: Is Keith Olbermann the next Edward Murrow?

Link via Alternet

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One Response to “Ojectivity: Now you see it, now you don’t”

  1. Patrick Yen Says:

    Truly “objective” journalism is inherently nihilistic.

    Are “objective” journalists allowing themselves
    to be constructed into nihilists
    by the complex multiplicity of modern society?

    Foucault was kind of a nihilist, right?

    I think Orwell’s concept of doublethink
    is a stab at the nihilism of objective journalism:

    “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them . . . . To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.”

    He also refers to doublethink as “controlled insanity.”

    By the way, Newspeak has officially arrived..

    http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSHAR15384620070921?sp=true

    “It’s a beautiful thing..
    the destruction of words.”

    -1984


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