ERIC Number: ED186930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Journalism's Holy Grail: The News Media's Quest for Objectivity--A Forsaken Ideal?
De Mott, John
The objective reporting of news is discussed in this paper as a moral obligation for professional journalists. Russian journalists' disparagement of objectivity is described briefly, and three basic assumptions to which journalists in the United States should subscribe are listed: (1) there is such a thing as objective reality, (2) that reality can be comprehended, and (3) the understanding of objective reality can be communicated. Arguments against the possibility of being objective and the contributions of social scientists to the journalism profession are discussed. Extensive quotes from journalist Walter Lippmann, references to sociologist Karl Mannheim's "Ideology and Utopia," and journalist William Hill's paraphrase of Lincoln's Gettysburg address are all offered in support of a theory of journalistic objectivity. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalistic Objectivity; Lippmann (Walter); Mannheim (Karl)
Note: Paper presented at the Guest Lecture Program of the Defense Information School, Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis, IN, August 12, 1976).