It’s not often you find someone who thinks that the media should be more opinionated, but that’s just what Jay Rosen says in a piece by NPR’s David Folkenflik today.
Rosen thinks that journalists should disclose their biases because it would negate something he calls “the view from nowhere.” Folkenflik explains:
That phrase — ‘the view from nowhere’ — is what Rosen calls the media’s true ideology: not exactly on the right, and not exactly on the left. It is, he says, the way news organizations falsely advertise that they can be trusted because they don’t have any dog in the fight.
Most people already know that the media is biased [insert FishbowlNY Fox News joke #374 here] so Rosen makes a good point here. Why not just do away with all the posturing – like NBC scolding Keith Olbermann as if no one knew what his political leanings were already – and just tell it like it is? As Rosen says, the old method isn’t working anyway:
Removing all bias from their reports is something that professional journalists actually aren’t very good at. They shouldn’t say that they can do this, because it’s very clear to most of the people on the receiving end that they fail at this all the time.