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Should Objectivity Still Be The Standard In News?

Via NPR’s Talk of the Nation:

After MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was suspended for making political contributions, journalist Ted Koppel criticized the lack of objectivity in the news, and looked backward toward the halcyon days of Murrow. But media critic Jeff Jarvis believes the old model is outdated.

Hosted by Neal Conan with Ted Koppel and Jeff Jarvis as guests.

Run Time: 30 minutes.

Olbermann: False promise of ‘objectivity’ proves ‘truth’ superior to ‘fact’

An alternative, economic take from Slate’s Jack Shafer:

This isn’t the first time Koppel has complained about the ruination of TV news by the cable channels. In 2006, he penned a similar op-ed in the New York Times upon leaving ABC News after working there for 42 years. In both the Post and Times pieces, he accuses the cable networks of giving audiences what they want instead of what they need to know because it’s the best way to secure advertising profits. Such profit-pandering was unlikely in the 1960s, he writes in the Post, because network TV news “operated at a loss or barely broke even,” a fulfillment of the “FCC’s mandate” that broadcasters “work in the ‘public interest, convenience and necessity.’”…

…Koppel continues that it wasn’t until 60 Minutes proved TV news could make a profit—”something no television news program had previously achieved”—that news divisions started chasing revenues.

The assertion that TV network news lost money everywhere until Don Hewitt birthed 60 Minutes is frequently repeated. But it’s wrong—dead wrong—as a paper in the December issue of Journalism by Michael J. Socolow of the University of Maine shows…

…Koppel is correct when he cites the success of 60 Minutes as a news-business turning point, one that proved a news-division program could make entertainment-division-size profits. But to say, as Koppel does, that because of 60 Minutes, “a light went on, and the news divisions of all three networks came to be seen as profit centers, with all the expectations that entailed” is beyond stupid. It’s bad reporting.