In Your Humble Opinion

14 Apr

What do you think?


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2 Responses to “In Your Humble Opinion”

  1. ian April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    I get my news online… from a variety of sources… but I love to read the opinion page in the paper. It’s the only part of it I read. There’s plenty of opinion online but it’s not consistently as well presented and argued as it is in the paper.

    Opinion has always been and will always be part of the news in one form or another. Opinion pieces should be clearly labelled as such and should be clearly distinguished (in the layout of the paper) from news pieces, but they don’t need to be buried deep in the back of the paper. I think the 4th or 5th page (which is where I find them in my paper) is a perfect place.

  2. Rob April 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    We’ve been hearing a lot of this lately, mourning the loss of so-called “objective” journalism. People don’t recognize that any observer putting pen to paper influences the perception of the event as a whole. Unless you remove all adjectives as begin reporting like this “there was an earthquake in Los Angeles today. It registered 1,1 on the Richter Scale. The end.” truly objective reporting is not possible.

    Furthermore, a “just the facts” style of reporting was only necessary when we had just one news channel. Now people can get their facts from wherever they want and piece it togeher like a puzzle. It’s not difficult, once media literate, to recognize pieces which are editorial and the degree to which they have revised the events. CNN, for example, still has a slight lean in favour of whichever party is in power, whereas MSNBC is moe slanted and FOX downright makes shit up. The same goes for papers like the NYTimes or the National Post.

    What really matters is to ensure that media uses proper fact checking and reliable sourcing (not the pop-science, fear mongering and reactionary social reporting that often dominates the nightly news); after that, it’s up to us to see through the writer’s bias and react, form our own assumptions, and write ourselves…. See more

    But that’s just my opinion…

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