Can we just drop the whole pretense of objectivity?

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 4, 2008

Editor & Publisher is "America's Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry -- it says so right on the home page. I remember first reading the trade journal in the early '90s as a j-school student in college and remember nothing particularly politically-oriented about it. The most-read portion of it was the classifieds -- a portion of the magazine that's taken a hit in the Internet era.

In the last few years, E&P has morphed from a largely non-political trade journal into a mini-Nation with print-industry specific articles filling in around the edges.

Editor Greg Mitchell -- an avowed left-winger and author of one of the popular "Bush lied, people died" books -- has made the magazine of the newspaper industry sound a lot like the inside of most newspaper newsrooms. Mitchell's columns tell you where he's coming from, but the site's relatively new "E&P Pub" blog is where you can get a good glimpse into E&P's left-wing newsroom.

The "E&P Pub" blog is supposed to be about journalism:

About This Blog

A blog where you can pull up a stool, read, relax -- or sound off -- on all newspaper and media issues, joined by the entire staff of Editor & Publisher. Belly up to the bar! Throw a few darts!

Newspaper and media issues?

How are these for newspaper and media issues posts just in the past three days?

Do KBR, Haliburton Hate Our Troops?
Well, that's one way to put it, in light of today's report from one of our favorite reporters, the great Kelly Kennedy of Military Times:  "A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against contractor KBR and its former parent company, Halliburton, saying the companies exposed everyone at Joint Base Balad in Iraq to unsafe water, food and hazardous fumes from the burn pit there." -- Greg Mitchell
Time to Get Really Worried

From NYT just now: "A former Defense Department official said Wednesday that American intelligence agencies had determined that former officers from Pakistan’s Army and its powerful  Inter-Services Intelligence agency  helped train the Mumbai attackers."


One of the most disgraceful  U.S. policies gets a full review by AP today: Our failure, along with Russia, to sign with nearly everyone else the latest international treaty banning cluster bombs.  Israel is one of the worst offenders, most recently in Lebanon with deadly, ongoing,  results.

You'll note that it appears that only editor Greg Mitchell "signs" his posts, the rest of them -- who knows which of E&P's writers are writing them. Putting that bit of blog etiquette aside, just what do any of these have to do with media or newspapers? Left-wing political causes, yes. Media, no.

If "America's Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry" can kick the American journalistic ideal of objectivity into the gutter, then why shouldn't newspapers follow suit.


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