Essay on Objective Journalism vs. Partisan Journalism

1436 Words Dec 19th, 2006 6 Pages
Ben Thompson
Rachel Miller
DIS 611, W 9 a.m.

Objective Journalism vs. Partisan Journalism Objective journalism in the United States should be reconsidered to accommodate the demands of varied audiences and increased media outlets. With the media growing in magnitude and influence, many people are looking for fresh, like-minded news sources. Declines in newspaper readership and television news viewing among many Americans suggests that objectively reported news is a failing philosophy. Younger, more impressionable people may be ready for the advantages of the partisan news reporting style.
For many years, American journalism has been remarkably different from other parts of the world, particularly Europe. The European style
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5). The news reported is given with "balance" and "fairness." But without a slant to a given position, the reporting lacks assertiveness. According to Cunningham, "Objectivity makes reporters hesitant to inject issues into the news that aren't already out there" (Cunningham par. 13). If it has not already been presented, it is tough to sell a new twist to an editor. This leads to incomplete reporting.
Cunningham says research that is not done aggressively and completely is a formula for bad reporting (Cunningham par. 11). Objective reporters are often hesitant to question politicians. If they do challenge official sources, people could more easily label them as biased. Because of the system, journalists become extremely cautious about their reputations. If a partial bias is shown, faithful readers will recognize that bias and label the reporter from that point on. On the other hand, if some facts are not presented in the interest of objectivity, readers are cheated out of hearing the whole story. A story may present both sides of a story, but without a final word, the story is left incomplete.
Objective journalism became the norm in the 1800s. Originally, the goal was to appeal to as many people as possible. If a newspaper could present unbiased information, it would logically have more readers. In the 1960s, objective journalism was questioned because of government lies, particularly relating to the Vietnam War. In

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