1/08/2005

Defining Bias Downward

Michael Hoyt of the Columbia Journalism Review writes:
"Without some rough agreement on what is significant, citizens will not get the intellectually honest debate that citizenship requires. Journalists, whatever their inner political leanings, must work harder at being honest brokers of information, worthy of respect...Honest conservatives, meanwhile, should consider a pair of New Year's resolutions: First, recognize that challenging political power and holding it to account is the legitimate role of the press in a democracy, not some liberal plot. Second, swear off defining any story that is uncomfortable to you as an example of liberal bias. Such a tactic probably won't work in the long run, anyway. As somebody once noted, facts are stubborn things."

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