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ERIC Number: ED311428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-9
Pages: 23
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The News Paradigm and the Limits of Objectivity: A Socialist at the "Wall Street Journal."
Reese, Stephen D.
Using the case study approach to examine an important aspect of the news paradigm (the objectivity of the journalist), this paper examines the case of A. Kent MacDougall, a former reporter for the "Wall Street Journal" and the "Los Angeles Times" who revealed that he was a socialist and often wrote for radical publications while employed at the "Journal." The paper argues that the controversy within the journalistic community over this revelation helps shed light on unwritten paradigmatic assumptions, particularly regarding objectivity. It examines the repair process that was engaged in to handle the threats created for the paradigm by reviewing the commentary that was generated by the reporter's actions and analysing the strategies through which the paradigmatic assumptions and routines were reaffirmed and strengthened. (Thirty-five references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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