TITLE

The greening of the press

AUTHOR(S)
Wicker, Tom
PUB. DATE
May 1971
SOURCE
Columbia Journalism Review;May/Jun1971, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article comments on the shift of orientation by the news media towards quoting official sources and towards objectivity. The assertions made by Spiro T. Agnew about the news media had elicited reactions from those who work in the field. These criticisms can be summed up in three categories. First, there have been rather nervous assertions of the virtue and professional integrity of the press, without much conviction. Then there have been strong restatements of First Amendment privileges and rights, without any real investigation into what the press has been doing to sustain the First Amendment. And finally, in a number of cases there have been strongly renewed efforts by editors and publishers to achieve a new sense of objectivity. The tradition of objectivity is bound to give a special kind of weight to the official source, the one who speaks from a powerful institutional position. Examples of the importance being given by the news media to official resources are also presented. Yet, there are certain areas in which journalists are allowed considerable leeway. But by and large news media rely very heavily on the official source and this is what we talk about when we come down to the question of objectivity.
ACCESSION #
16239798

 

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