Tell me your values so that I may know you

Perhaps I'm weird, but Keith's fantasy doesn't appeal to me at all. It seems to me that people, above all, identify with values. I think that a responsible and ethical integration of a journalist's values into his or her story is a good thing. It engages people, and when people are engaged, they are more likely to think. Besides, the values possessed by a lot of the mainstream media elite are by no means representative of America, so their interjecting them into a story, however slyly, can just as easily work against them. I think that what's happened to journalism over the last decade--with talk radio, the Internet, and now blogs--bears out the notion that value-bias is here to stay, and it's not a matter of quashing one or the other, or going to a different paradigm altogether, but of engaging in a marketplace and battle for ideas. The left no longer has a choke-hold on information. It no longer decides what's "fit to print." Now we get to see the chips fall where they may. There's a lot of mud-slinging toward CBS on the heels of their "independent investigation" resulting in the firing of three people, Dan Rather not...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More