I've always had a hard time with journalism's pose at fairness. It's a relatively recent thing. Nobody even made the pretension of being neutral in early American newspapers. Now, they cling to the pose. It's not that people can't or don't try to be even-handed in their reporting. But any coherent idea of fairness always comes out of a shared set of real agreements about our moral universe and scale of values. The minute that breaks down, you've got disagreements about what qualifies as equitable in any given situation.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
GEC posts infrequently, but when he does they are good ones. A recent post by Alpheus over at Athens & Jerusalem made me dig up this doozy about the media: