The Ethics of Election Coverage
Stanford Magazine

What exactly are you advocating, Prof Glasser? . . . that mainstream journalists today should report the news according to their biases, without any pretense of objectivity? Wouldn’t that serve to polarize our country further?

What ever happened to the objectivity and fact-based way Walter Cronkite reported the huge news stories of his day? He became the most trusted news reporter of his time, for good reason. Isn’t that the role model for mainstream journalism today, social media notwithstanding? Can we not go back to that standard, or are you saying the cat is out of the bag and there’s no going back? If not, why not?

As Prof Michael Bugeja at Iowa State says, “objectivity is seeing the world as it is, not as you wish it were.” If I want opinion, I will read editorials.

As a graduation speaker, or editorial writer, Ken Burns is entitled to his opinion. As a journalist, however, I think he should report the facts and keep his personal biases and narrative to himself.

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