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Huan Yi
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0 posted 03-03-2006 09:58 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi


Does a vehicle of news media
have the right to bias
without openly expressing that bias
as a matter of policy?


iliana
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News media and journalism has the responsibility to back up its stories with reliable sources.  That can mean anything from using substantive evidence to at least two opposing sources (if one doesn't comment, then that party is not represented; that's simplifying it a bit but you get the drift).  There are rules journalists follow usually. Their craft demands it to protect them from lawsuits of libel and slander.  

For the most part, bias, like beauty, at least in journalism, is in the eyes of the beholder, excepting editorials and bloviating anchors.  However, journalism since the advent of cable tv and internet has taken many turns and is more sloppy than it used to be.  Heck, when newsreporters are subpoenaed to testify about their sources, who wants to be a real journalist anymore, anyhow, if it means going to jail in order to protect your source?  If there appears to be bias, then you should ask yourself why.

I'll add, that with advertising dollars down (the primary source of revenue) in newsprint and journals, I suspect bias is shown to clientele who help pay the bills or scratch the back in some other way.    

And to answer your question, I do not know.  But, I would think it is unethical, at the very least.  



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So, what you're asking is if it is fair and balanced for Fox to say they are fair and balanced?

I think they should just go with 'tastes great, less filling'.  
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