Why is the age of unbiased journalism over?

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  1. Vanquish
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    It's no secret that the age of unbiased journalism is over. Perhaps it was an anomaly in time, a hiccup in history. I wasn't old enough to have lived through Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite, but these two seem to be the bookends on the golden age of journalism.

    I did a brief stint in the field, but are there any real journalism experts on this board? I'd really like to hear their thoughts on why objective journalism has gone the way of the Dodo.

    Dont get me wrong...I get the basics- extreme opinions = better ratings and journalism is a business...most facts can be spun...today's public doesn't have the time or inclination to put work into what they're listening to...

    I've heard that for most of modern history, news rags were knownto be biased...and you picked what rag you read based on your agreed bias...

    but surely there's a way to go back to real, unbiased reporting? Is even the PBS NewsHour spun too much?
     
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    Ahh the PBS newshour has a slight conservative slant to it.

    The age of unbiased journalism if over because "news" has become a contest of profit and corporatism in our age of bread and circuses.

    Well that combined with the merging of corporatism and government.
     
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    Are you stupid? PBS has always maintained a liberal slant. the Bill Moyers show was a perfect example.
     
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    Umm, it is no longer the Bill Moyers show.

    Many other shows on PBS do have a liberal slant, bbut not the News Hour.
     
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    Journalism has ALWAYS been biased, and generally liberal at that. Some only see it as biased now that their beloved Ossiah is no thet golden child.
     
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    I saw it when Bush was the golden child of the majority.

    I saw it in the 60's.

    I have seen it change.
     
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    We never had unbiased journalism. Every media outlet has an editorial slant.

    What we do have now is much more variety than in the days of the Big Three Networks, which puts such biases in relief when contrasted with other sources.
     
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    Yeah now they compete to see who can be the most sensationalistic.

    I recall when the National Enquirer was a joke. Now it is pretty much mainstream journalism.
    And I do not say that the Enquirer raised it's standards any.
     
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    Uh...haven't you ever heard of Yellow Journalism?

    It's been around for a Very Long Time.
     
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    When the heck did we ever have unbiased journalism?
     
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