Kevin Woster at the RCJ had the courage to admit a dirty little secret on behalf of himself and the media…..of course for most of us this isn’t a secret….but hats off to Kevin for admitting it. Admitting it is the first step to getting help. 🙂 So what did he admit…..I’ll let you read it for yourselves:
Then I told the Wing Nuts that that the majority of reporters and other newsroom personnel I’ve known tended to lean liberal.
I said I believed that the liberal percentage and passions increased the farther you get from a small South Dakota weekly and the closer you get to the New York Times.
And I admitted that I had at times seen those philosophies reflected in the way political stories were reported, written, headlined and displayed.
But that’s not the way it should be. And mostly, that’s not the way it is.
I do appreciate Kevin’s honesty. And he’s right when he writes that journalists shouldn’t let their own beliefs bleed into their stories. I’m not quite as certain of his assertion that “mostly” journalists are able to put it aside. Someday, maybe we’ll find that utopia. It starts with a little step that goes something like this — Hi, my name is Kevin and I have a problem.
From SDWC: Hi Kevin
P.S. And before you jump all over me about bias — I have not now nor ever been a journalist.