Newsman: Journalists should stop trying to be “objective”

Former Business 2.0 and Wall Street Journal staffer G. Pascal Zachary says veteran journalists know that the objectivity ethos is the “big lie” of their profession. “Actually, journalists are beholden to various points of view, and their commitment to balance is a convenient way of not talking about the rat’s nest of commitments, concerns, biases and passions that animate the life of every good journalist and most of the bad ones.” He proposes a new creed for journalism “that carries forward what’s consistent with the uncertain waves of the Internet while affirming what journalism has always stood for.”

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