[ASC-list] The reporters' path of easy virtue

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Thu Jun 17 11:39:39 UTC 2010


Hi ASC-ers

An interesting piece by Jonathan Holmes on the ABC's Drum.

He's talking about the tendency of reporters to avoid objective  
analysis of issue.  Instead they simply report on the stances taken by  
both sides in a conflict.

It's easy, undemanding and keeps them out of trouble.

"But supposing that one side in a dispute - any dispute - could be,  
with a bit of digging, shown to be objectively wrong, and the other  
right? Suppose one side is making claims that can be shown, without  
departing from the most rigorous standards of objective journalism, to  
be grossly exaggerated? Suppose, for that matter, that both sides are?  
Isn't it the 'objective' journalist's job to tell us so?"

Holmes is talking about the mining tax debate, but it's just as  
relevant for science issues.

It's at:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/17/2929131.htm?site=thedrum

Cheers


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