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ATW
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http://www.theomahachannel.com/politics/3833789/detail.html

"I'm a little concerned about this notion everybody wants us to be objective," Jennings said.


And I'm a little concerned that you seem to think everybody wants you to be objective is some kind of notion.

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"Jennings said the media is now under the hot lights.

"I'm a little concerned about this notion everybody wants us to be objective," Jennings said.

Jennings said that everyone -- even journalists -- have points of view through which they filter their perception of the news. It could be race, sex or income. But, he said, reporters are ideally trained to be as objective as possible.

"And when we don't think we can be fully objective, to be fair," the anchorman said."

The context of what Jennings said makes it clear he's just offering silly platitudes, not tossing out the notion of objectivity.

The reality is that people can never be objective, but, I think, journalists can be. Newsanchors like Jennings, I suspect, are neither.

Dan

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Yeah, I was concerned when I read that quote on Drudge, but as always (especially with Drudge) I read on - and the whole statement is hardly as scary as all that - he's just admitting inherent bias, inability to be completely objective, while reaffirmning that good reporters are as objective as possible. Pretty reasonable, you ask me [Smile]
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Perhaps people cannot be objective. But a news organization should have that as its goal.

As opposed to perhaps an ABC exec sending out memos saying they were no longer going to be objective in the presidential race. Or an anchor coming out and saying "Objectivity? What weird notion will they come up with next??"

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