Objectivity: It's Time to Say Goodbye

June 2009
Nieman Reports;Summer2009, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p78
The article discusses a proposal to abandon objectivity in journalism in favor of empiricism in the U.S. The replacement of objectivity with empiricism would redefine the relationship between news providers and the newly empowered group formerly known as the audience. Empiricism does not pretend that news reflects reality and acknowledges bias as inescapable. The author does not prefer objectivity because humans cannot achieve it, since an objective view of something would be unaffected by the viewer. He is also concerned with how objectivity has impeded the pursuit of truth, which is the primary mission of journalism. Objectivity has also encouraged passivity and invited manipulation.


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