Bring Back Objective Journalism

Posted on AllSides February 16th, 2023
From The Right
Illustration: Phil Foster

Beyond objectivity or back to objectivity? That seems to be an essential question for American journalism.

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently released a survey of some 75 journalists titled “Beyond Objectivity.” Many of them argued that objectivity should no longer be the standard in news reporting.

“I never understood what ‘objectivity’ meant,” Prof. Leonard Downie Jr., a co-author of the report and a former executive editor of the Washington Post, wrote in a Post op-ed. “My goals for our journalism were instead accuracy,...

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