‘Objectivity is horse shit. We have our biases’

27 December 2011

Journalism schools and media houses with codes of conduct spend an awful lot of time chasing “objectivity”.

Arun Gupta, the Indian-American journalist who straddles the worlds of politics and journalism and is co-founder of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, the mouthpiece of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, says objectivity is a whole load of codswallop.

In an interview in the Indian Express, he says:

“I do not believe in the notion of objectivity. I think that’s essentially horse shit. Everyone has biases and any scientist will tell you that. I think rather than trying to be objective you need to be more upfront about your biases and be rigorous in terms of fact-checking, context and history.”

Read the full article: ‘I don’t believe in objectivity’

Also read: Objectivity: now you see it, now you don’t

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One Response to “‘Objectivity is horse shit. We have our biases’”

  1. Subrata N. Chakravarty Says:

    With the exception of the first two sentences, Arun Gupta’s opinion is close to word-for-word what I have been teaching for 20 years. I learned it from the long-time Editor of Forbes magazine, James W. Michaels, and I hold by it. Good journalism, in my opinion, emphasizes deep research, solid analysis, rigorous fact-checking and a clearly stated opinion demonstrating them all. Above all, journalism is not — and should never be — propaganda.


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