RE: Rumsfeld Says...

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            <Although i suspect that most journalists do try to do a good
    impartial job,
    > IMHO this is very difficult for anyone. Each journalist, whether they are
    > an
    > independent or a correspondent knows the market they want to sell to, and
    > their work may be unintentionally coloured by this. Secondly, there is the
    > editorial filter. Their job is to make papers that sell or they don't
    > have
    > a job. This must colour what they do.
    > Where does the newspaper owner figure in this?>
            No, you're very right here, and the influence of owners to some
    extent depends who you work for in terms of literal interference with
    editoral decision-making, but plenty of people argue that market driven
    journalism inherently compromises journalistic independence at a more
    fundamental level, as they become locked into a battle for ratings/sales to
    please advertisers which isn't the same as the public interest. I could say
    more here as it's a part of the book I'm writing on journalism, but it's
    off-topic for the list so I'll behave.


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