Take that

Take that:From the libertarian journal, Reason, here is a witty quote from a review of four current books regarding the state of journalism:

Such factually uncluttered hyperbole does not merely invite a certain awe. It also happens to violate at least one of the book’s 10 proposed “elements of journalism.” It clearly shatters No. 9, which states in part that “journalists should keep the news in proportion,” and quite plausibly breaks No. 1, which says “journalism’s first obligation is to the truth.”

  • lcreekmo

    But it all depends on your theory of the journalist’s role in society. The muckrakers of the end of the 19th and early 20th century undoubtedly would have deplored the idea of “keeping the news in perspective.” They wanted to make change happen. That’s fairly unrelated to an evenhanded perspective, as is much of the activist journalism we saw in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Or what about The Jungle. It’s “news.” In perspective? All depends on who’s defining the “perspective,” doesn’t it??

    Whether or not that is RIGHT is another argument, of course.