CBS News head re-examines "objectivity"

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CBS News president Andrew Heyward, speaking at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City (an estimable institution which received much funding from the late William Paley, founder of CBS), said  "the notion of objectivity in mainstream news needs to be reexamined," according to TV Newser. Obviously, he really means the pretense of objectivity, in other words, dropping the phony claim that no point of view is embodied in the reporting.

Now that close to two thirds of the public believes that liberal media bias exists, it is getting hard to keep up the pretense, even for insiders. Perhaps the success of Fox News, whose morning cable show Fox & Friends now often beats out CBS's morning show for ratings, is getting through. I can handle open liberals arguing liberal points of view just fine. It's the ones who unconvincingly say they have no political bias that trouble me. If they can't admit their own bias, they are simply not trustworthy.

Progress, I guess.Way ahead of Dan Rather and Marvin Kalb, anyway.

Thomas Lifson  10 02 05

CBS News president Andrew Heyward, speaking at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City (an estimable institution which received much funding from the late William Paley, founder of CBS), said  "the notion of objectivity in mainstream news needs to be reexamined," according to TV Newser. Obviously, he really means the pretense of objectivity, in other words, dropping the phony claim that no point of view is embodied in the reporting.

Now that close to two thirds of the public believes that liberal media bias exists, it is getting hard to keep up the pretense, even for insiders. Perhaps the success of Fox News, whose morning cable show Fox & Friends now often beats out CBS's morning show for ratings, is getting through. I can handle open liberals arguing liberal points of view just fine. It's the ones who unconvincingly say they have no political bias that trouble me. If they can't admit their own bias, they are simply not trustworthy.

Progress, I guess.Way ahead of Dan Rather and Marvin Kalb, anyway.

Thomas Lifson  10 02 05