Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Village Voice: Another Victory for Unbiased Reporting


The front page of "America's Largest Weekly Newspaper."

2 Comments:

At 3:24 AM, Blogger Kieran Jadiker-Smith said...

Well, in fairness to the Village Voice, I don't think they'd ever claim to be an unbiased media outlet. They wear their politics on their sleeve, so I don't particularly mind; I think nearly anyone who reads the Voice would understand that its politics are pretty far to the left (and is probably reading it for that very reason). The level of vitriol in the picture is disturbing, but that's more of a civility thing (and a perspective thing) than a bias thing.

Bias annoys me more when it comes from a journalistic outlet like The New York Times that adopts an air of dignity and gravitas as a means of suggesting its own neutrality. The Village Voice, on the other hand, is a lefty rag, and everyone knows it.

In the end, I don't really believe there is such a thing as unbiased reporting; I think any attempt to report the news contains any number of biases -- conscious and unconscious -- of the writer. Even in choosing what is and isn't important enough to write about, a reporter brings a certain number of biases. And I think that's fine. I don't view reporters as some secular, politically celibate priesthood; people who spend that much time observing current events are sure to have opinions about them.

But I think there's such a thing as fairness, however, and that gross distortions of fact are unfair, regardless of the bias of the publication.

 
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