Our new DVD version of The Complete National Geographic just arrived, and we can’t wait to dive in. Not only will it reveal the many different faces of National Geographic from 1888 to 2008, it’ll also be the perfect resource to fact check the following claim by Editor Chris Johns:
[Photographer Stephanie Sinclair] has no agenda. She does not judge. … She photographs what she sees and provides the opportunity for insight. The rest is up to the reader.
In a world full of shrill voices and agendas, we at National Geographic are committed to an unbiased presentation of facts. … It’s what we’ve been doing for more than 120 years.
(We first posted this excerpt here.)
“Unbiased”? Here at Society Matters, a variety of highly credentialed, talented, and well-respected people have recently questioned such claims of journalistic objectivity.
Now we’ll look at NGM itself — 120 years worth — to show that Chris fundamentally mischaracterized the Magazine, and misunderstands the secret to its past success.
If you have examples of NGM coverage that don’t strike you as “unbiased,” please let us know — in the comments, or via email: alan [at] societymatters [dot] org — and we’ll post them here.
Keep in touch. And stay tuned….