November 2, 2009

COPERNICUS IS DEAD AND GOOD RIDDANCE:

If Fox Is Partisan, It Is Not Alone (JOHN HARWOOD, 11/02/09, NY Times)

Fox News has attracted the most attention because of its “fair and balanced” challenge to its competitors and its success. But the audiences of its competitors have tilted sharply in the other direction. (This reporter is chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and hosts “The New York Times Special Edition,” a program on MSNBC.)

Press critics worry that the rise of media polarization threatens the foundation of credible, common information that American politics needs to thrive. Will Feltus, a Republican specialist in voter targeting, does not.

If it complicates the choices facing leaders in Washington, Mr. Feltus argues, it also decentralizes political communication in a way that is both inevitable and healthy in the information age. “I feel no hand-wringing about it,” Mr. Feltus said. “People are smart enough to understand what color filter is over the lens.”


The idea of an objective press was always an absurdity. Just be open about your subjectivity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2009 7:08 AM
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