Saturday, September 17, 2005

Just Give Us The News (September 17, 2005)

Below is a letter written to the editor of the Tampa Tribune in the September 17, 2005 edition.  Observe what its author has to say about objectivity in news reporting.  Contrast this with the Tribune’s enabling of Daniel Ruth (a.k.a. TBR) to so viciously attack those with whom he disagrees.  As Boogie man said TBR is the Tribune’s alter ego who states the true sentiments of the Tribune editorial staff.  They achieve the statement of those sentiments through hacks like TBR.

Just Give Us The News (September 17, 2005)

It’s not enough that the Tribune editor has the front page and the editorial section to present the news as she sees it.  Now she’s taken over “Citizen’s Voice” besides!

As for her former editor who told her it was wrong for journalists “to use objectivity as a shield to separate us from the stories we write,” he gave her bad advice.  We, the newspaper readers, don’t buy papers to find out what to think or to be told how to interpret the news.  Give us the news and we’ll take it from there.  Besides, once a reporter lets passionate belief overcome objectivity, the line between news and opinion is inevitably blurred and the subscriber soon discovers he cannot depend on his paper for reliable information,

In today’s world, with so many other sources of information available, that reader may choose to become a former reader.

Anne Clark


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