Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review on David Carr's "Journalism, Even When It’s Tilted" (New York Times, 6/30/13)

The line between journalism and activism is a thin one.
“We are beginning to realize that journalists come in a variety of shapes and sizes and come with a variety of commitments,” said Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University.
Rosen goes on to say that just because someone is an activist, it does not mean they are not a journalist. Agreed. Glen Greenwald, for example, has reported some of the strongest journalism and broken some big stories, but just because he advocates for certain things, does that make him any less a journalist, or credible? No.

Greenwald is an example of a reporter who, while an 'activist,' reports the facts "and is extremely careful about getting it right."

It is a journalist's job to report the truth, but according to Carr, "activism — which is admittedly accompanied by the kind of determination that can prompt discovery — can also impair vision. If an agenda is in play and momentum is at work, cracks may go unexplored."

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