Liberal Newspaper Chooses Honesty over Fake Objectivity
It should hardly be a surprise that a newspaper called the Atlanta Progressive News would be the one to lift the veil of objectivity. But it is nice to see at least one liberal media outlet admit that--in the words of David Axelrod--it has a perspective.
The Progressive News recently fired one of its veteran reporters. The reason given: he was simply too objective, and refused to give the news a liberal bent. Now, the newspaper is openly liberal, so the move wasn't a sacrilege against traditional standards of journalism.
But it was a refreshing departure from the traditional media's self-deception when it comes to reporting the facts. The Progressive News obviously has no illusions about its "perspective," and is not hesitant to share it:
[quote]At a very fundamental, core level, Springston did not share our vision for a news publication with a progressive perspective. He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News. It just wasn’t the right fit...
We believe there is no such thing as objective news. Typically, mainstream media presents itself as objective but is actually skewed towards promoting the corporate agenda of the ultra-wealthy.
One need not agree with the Progressive News's perspective to at least acknowledge the honesty in admitting that the paper is not "objective" in the Old Media I-have-no-opinions sense of the term.
True objectivity in the newsroom is a pipe dream. With a few very rare expections, reporters naturally incorporate their own personal biases into their reporting. Newsrooms should take this fact into account and pursue one of two paths accordingly: either admit to and embrace the outlet's biases as the Progressive News has done, or make a concerted effort to hire an ideologically diverse staff.