Monday, January 24, 2005

Do newspaper editors read their own op-ed pages?

Chris Hedges hits the nail on the head in an opinion piece in today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

Balance and objectivity have become code words to propagate the insidious and cynical moral disengagement that is destroying American journalism. This moral disengagement gives equal time, and sometimes more than equal time, to those who spread falsehoods and distort information. It tacitly sanctions the dissemination of lies. It absolves us from making moral choice. It obscures and often shuts out the truth.

Why aren't the people who get it running newspapers? (Don't bother, I know the answer to that... People who get it are never in charge.)