Global Warming Follies

Press manipulates the news on GW (2)

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on April 22, 2008

Confirming, once again, what you always knew about the press and its advocacy approach to its business, the managing editor of Time magazine, nonetheless, make some surprisingly candid statements.


Time magazine continued to defend its manipulation of the classic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo – calling it a “point of view.” Managing Editor Richard Stengel said the cover art was part of the publication’s global warming advocacy and a way of forcing readers to “pay attention.”


     Stengel defied the traditional notion that journalists should be unbiased. “I didn’t go to journalism school,” Stengel said. “But this notion that journalism is objective, or must be objective is something that has always bothered me – because the notion about objectivity is in some ways a fantasy. I don’t know that there is as such a thing as objectivity.”


     Stengel supported his claim by stating the role of journalists is not to ask questions, but answer them.


That’s right. You heard right. The press doesn’t ask questions they tell you the answer that they “know’ to be true.




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