A Journalism Lesson for Engaged Citizens

Glenn Greenwald published a short post at The Intercept on July 26 that’s well worth reading in its entirety, but it was his concluding comments I found especially noteworthy:

Journalistic objectivity is a sham, a horribly misleading and self-flattering conceit. Don’t simply trust claims made in authoritative media tones — even if, perhaps especially if, journalists work for the most influential media outlets — unless they point to evidence that confirms or at least suggests their truth. And when consuming journalism products, always consciously realize that, even when malice or other forms of bad faith are nonexistent, so much of what is said and claimed by journalists is simply untrue.

Far from a new revelation – Upton Sinclair, George Seldes, I.F. Stone among journalists and undoubtedly numerous others in U.S. history have suggested much the same – it’s revealing that in the year 2015 the point continues to require illustration.

Trust issues with journalism and journalists are warranted.

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