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More media bias please!

Here’s an item Karen Unland brought to my attention last night. Since moving to the Internet as a journalist I’ve become more and more interested in the “objectivity” that sits as a cornerstone of our news.

I don’t think objectivity, as is so often heralded by newsrooms and journalists, exists. Certainly one can write a story from a fairly neutral standpoint, especially if there’s plenty of facts and figures to get through, but simply by choosing to report that story there’s been a subjective choice. I’d much rather have more transparent reporting, including that from a biased perspective.

I don’t think “bias” is as bad a word as some journalists, and news consumers, think it is.

(Update: Karen has already tracked down a response to the above link.)