Monday, August 16, 2004

 

New York Times Biased? Never.

This interview defies description. The NYT should note that any interviewer that begins a question "It saddens me" has lost their objective status. They have brought themselves into the interview. Not only that, but they have tainted the question. The question is set up as a statement about something which is "sad." What if it isn't sad?

Thanks to Newmark's Door for the link.

Comments:
It may not be objective, but it was enteraining to read.

There article had a lot of tension between idealism and pragmaticiswm. Yes, explaining voting patterns for the Prez this way is highly reductive. I wish the average person took a lot more into account as well. But that doesn't mean the model isn't solid!
 
It may not be objective, but it was enteraining to read.

There article had a lot of tension between idealism and pragmaticiswm. Yes, explaining voting patterns for the Prez this way is highly reductive. I wish the average person took a lot more into account as well. But that doesn't mean the model isn't solid!
 
First, I think your just peeved that the NYT was working over an economist.

Second (and more seriously), I don't think news is ever objective. And if it were, how would we know? Who would be the artibrator of what makes objectivity in news? And isn't the idea that objectivity is preferable in news just another subjective viewpoint?

I suggest that others do as I do: Find news that matches your biases. It will make you feel that you're right, which is probably the reason most people read the news anyway.

Matt
 
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