A Q&A On “Objective” Journalism

05/29/20164 Comments

Of the many under-appreciated gems in The Corbett Report archive, my podcast episode on “The Myth of Journalistic Objectivity” may be one of the most important. Not only does it expose a few of the many examples of bias in the mainstream media (from Bilderberger Charlie Rose to World Federalist Walter Cronkite to CIA Anderson Cooper), it also lays out in detail why the idea that journalism can ever be “objective” at all is not just a pipe dream, but a dangerous delusion.

Following on from that expose, I was recently contacted by John Wielenga about a research project on ‘Mainstream Media Bias and Propaganda’ that he is conducting for a class in which he is enrolled. The Q&A that he conducted with me for that class is instructive about the ways that the media can shape and distort our view of reality, about why subjectivity in journalism is unavoidable, about why it should be embraced, and about how the onus is on each of us to temper our own biases by avoiding the online echo chamber. To that end, I present that Q&A here in its entirety.

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