05 August 2008

How journalists “report” the news

Yesterday, Laura Ingraham interviewed Zoriah Miller, a photographer who has been embedded with troops in Iraq. Her position was he selects photos based on his antipathy to the war in Iraq in order to change minds here at home about the war. He admitted to wanting to change the world. (Which journalist doesn’t?) But he also claims that all he’s up to is “educating” people about what’s happening in Iraq. I’m sure.

Well, like Laura always says, the left believe that non-leftists are stupid. I’m not: I was educated and trained by leftists. And I was more leftist when the process began. But I digress.

It still surprises me how many people deny the proposition that journalists can report with no intention of persuasion. Just telling us what is happening somewhere – or providing us with photographic images – is not biased. It’s objective. After all, they don’t create the images; they don’t craft the stories. They just photograph what’s there; they simply narrate events which have happened.

Below is a clip from the movie “Cool Runnings”. At 8 minutes into the clip John Candy’s character introduces would-be members of the Jamaican bob-sled team to the sport. In so doing he offers a narrative, accompanied by images. In so doing he also does not lie or present false images. See what you think of his report.

You have to admit the images he shows them are true. There’s nothing false in this report on the sport of bobsledding. The scenes are no doubt scenes from real sledding competitions. But it is not exactly unbiased, either. It is also not entirely true. This “report” provided images, and accompanying narrative, selected to persuade the audience, not merely to inform the audience.

And they wonder why we laugh when we hear them call Fox News – and only Fox News – biased.


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