Objective journalism is just another term for palatable opinions. Removing what might seem offensive or even subjective – yet still trying to push an agenda.
Journalism should be about the truth, nothing else.
Unfortunately in journalism, being subjective has become synonymous with lying and being biased – which it’s not. Sometimes we need a subjective view, not to lead people in a certain direction, but to make them put down the paper for a bit and start thinking; questioning what they’ve just read.
If you report on a car accident, then by all means be objective; but if you are writing a piece about a corrupt politician, it is important to be allowed to raise a few questions without being called a liar or being accused of being biased.
As Hunter S. Thompson said: ”Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.”
In addition he said: ”I don’t quite understand this worship of objectivity in journalism. Now, just flat-out lying is different from being subjective.”