Sneaky people are exploiting journalism's "both sides" rule

San Francisco Chronicle

Jon Carroll writes: "People savvy in manipulating the media have figured out the 'both sides' rule, and sometimes they create another 'side' where one barely existed, so the two sides can be seen to be in conflict. Obviously, giving equal weight to a fringe idea just lends unwarranted legitimacy to that fringe idea -- a fringe idea like 'intelligent design.'"

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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