Objectivity is an ill-conceived benchmark for journalism, argue Daniëlle Raeijmaekers and Pieter Maeseele, both of University of Antwerp. According to the authors, the objectivity requirement is limiting and detrimental to journalism’s core task of wide dissemination of information and ideas.
Raeijmaekers and Maeseele find that the notion of objectivity is historically (and falsely) associated with party politics. Instead, bias is all-present and irremovable, which makes the quest for objectivity futile by default. The prominent struggle for it, however, serves to hide biases and dissuade thinking “outside the box”, the authors claim.
The article In objectivity we trust? is available online (abstract free).
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