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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Crooked Timber (via Political Animal) points out a textbook example of the "Faux-Objective" school of modern journalism.

Essentially, the theory behind Faux-Objective goes something like this:

There are three ways of looking at any issue: the right-wing way, the left-wing way, and the correct way which lies between them. Therefore, the easiest way to get to the correct way is to present both the left-wing and right-positions, and let the news consumer split the difference.

This is, of course, stuff and nonsense. It completely disregards the possibility that:

- either the left or the right simply has it 100% right for once
- either the left or the right have no idea what they are talking about, and are simply lying/BSing
- both the left and the right are clueless and the truth lies, not between them, but in some uncharted region neither has explored

All those possibilities, however, require a reporter to do something other than parrot talking points.

Really, if all you're doing is repeating what other people say, you're not a journalist. You're a gossip.

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