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April 22, 2008

Time Editor: Objectivity a "Fantasy"

Little by little, the MSM begins to tiptoe up the line of admitting its great, central sustaining myth is shabby lie and always has been.

"I didn't go to journalism school," Stengel said. "But this notion that journalism is objective, or must be objective is something that has always bothered me - because the notion about objectivity is in some ways a fantasy. I don't know that there is as such a thing as objectivity."

This is the same guy who claimed that "People trust us [journalists] to make decisions" and that journalists are "experts at what we do." His new remarks continue in that vein:

"[F]rom the time I came back, I have felt that we have to actually say, We have a point of view about something and we feel strongly about it, we just have to be assertive about it and say it positively,'" Stengel said. "I don't think people are looking for us to ask questions, I think they're looking for us to answer questions."

No, they're looking for you to talk to people who actually might have answers and report on what they say. And if there is a split in authority, they're looking for you to report both (or all) answers, not use your scary-honed journalistic expertise to decide among them which is true.


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