Monday, April 25, 2005

Another journalist weighs in on objectivity

The LA Times has published a column entitled "Objectivity Is Highly Overrated" by Victor Navasky, the publisher of The Nation and a professor of journalism at Columbia University.

The column contains a fabulous quote that, in my opinion, could help set the direction for journalism in the 21st century:

But suppose the purpose of opinion journalism is less to develop the facts (unless they are missing from the mass media) than to ask the right questions? Suppose the information that democracy requires can be generated not by "the facts" but only by the rigorous and vigorous policy debate and moral argument that journals of opinion were founded to provide?