A reckoning over objectivity, led by black journalists

A reckoning over objectivity, led by black journalists
Wesley Lowery (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The best part of this unfunny joke perpetrated by the Times is the claim that only black journalists can bring ‘objectivity’ to media coverage of the black community and black experience. So what does this journalist, who is black, consider objectivity? This from a few paragraphs earlier: ‘Protesters are taking to the streets of American cities to decry racism and the unabated police killings of black people across the country.’]

… [A]s protesters are taking to the streets of American cities to decry racism and the unabated police killings of black people across the country, the journalism industry has seemingly reached a breaking point of its own: Black journalists are publicly airing years of accumulated grievances, demanding an overdue reckoning for a profession whose mainstream repeatedly brushes off their concerns; in many newsrooms, writers and editors are now also openly pushing for a paradigm shift in how our outlets define their operations and ideals.

Since American journalism’s pivot many decades ago from an openly partisan press to a model of professed objectivity, the mainstream has allowed what it considers objective truth to be decided almost exclusively by white reporters and their mostly white bosses.

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