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Friday, July 15, 2005

In Support of Media Journalism

I was thinking the other day about how in news reporting and political journalism that "the truth" in many circumstances may never actually be known by those who read the daily paper.

The good thing about media (movies, books, music) reviews is the presence of real accountability. We trust that The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal will tell us what's really going on--not to conjure up conspiracy theories or anything like that--but we don't really know what's going on in the world unless we see it or experience it firsthand, do we? (If you really want to split hairs, we may not really know the truth about a situation even if we do experience it, but this isn't a conversation about the nature of reality, or anything like that.)

Many people believe that taste in media is subjective--I don't, but many people do. Regardless of what "the truth" is about some media, with media journalism, consumers can read, view, and listen to the subject of an article and determine whether or not the journalist has a grasp on their truth or not. When they determine the accuracy of a media reviewer by checking themselves, they're closer to a reality they can "know" than most political journalism consumers are when they read a story on the front page.