Greenwald v. Keller

In the argument between Bill Keller and Glenn Greenwald, Keller initiates with the notion that current journalism has become too opinionated. He says that this more partisan kind of journalism leads to “episodes of credulousness, false equivalency, sensationalism and inattention.” I disagree with Keller. The point of journalism is to share news, the facts of a current situation or issue and there is nothing wrong with sharing one’s opinion along with them. This can bring to surface certain points that the reader may not have taken into consideration.

Keller goes on to say that adversarial journalism sets “aside opinions to follow the facts and often produce results that are more substantial and more credible.” Any article will be substantial and credible as long as the facts are stated as means to provide accuracy and reliability. When this is done, the author or reporter is free to share whatever opinion she or he may have on the issue.

One question that came to mind when reading the article was is there a difference between journalists and bloggers. In an article by veteran journalist, Terry Boyd, he says, “The true critical difference between blogging and journalism, or at least journalism as we understand it (institutionalized, done by professionals, etc.), is that traditional media is produced for consumption. Today’s media is produced for engagement.” Any story should be able to spark a thought and engage the reader so that they are inspired to have conversations with other opinionated and well-informed audiences. The type of journalism that Greenwald is defending is similar to blogging. He has repeatedly made it clear that as long as the facts are stated, the author has laid out a fair playing field in which she or he can express their own reaction to the evidence. However, whereas partisan journalists provide the evidence, bloggers focus on their own point of view.

Every writer, journalist, reporter, blogger has their own style, own personality, and own opinion. So why not share these aspects as opposed to letting the facts be the only thing disclosed. Of course, it is the reader’s responsibility to take precaution when engaged in such media. It is suggested that they diversify their media consumption in order to have an amalgam of opinions to help formulate their own.


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