If in doing the serious work of journalism–digging, reporting, verification, mastering a beat–you develop a view, expressing that view does not diminish your authority. It may even add to it. The View from Nowhere doesn’t know from this. It also encourages journalists to develop bad habits. Like: criticism from both sides is a sign that you’re doing something right, when you could be doing everything wrong.
I am more and more of the opinion that opinionated reporting is more honest than “impartial” reporting. I don’t believe that one can truly be impartial and that anyone who claims to be is not being honest.
If someone has spent a lifetime covering an industry or topic or company or whatever, that makes them something of an expert on the subject. Someone whose opinion we should value.comments powered by Disqus