Daily Archives: 29 September 2007

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

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