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