Objective Nonsense (part 19)


Keith Olbermann of MSNBC's Countdown

“Insist long enough that the driving principle behind the great journalism of the television era was neutrality and objectivity and not subjective choices and often dangerous evaluations and even commentary and you will eventually leave the door open to pointless worship at the temple of a false god.

And once you’ve got a false god, you’re going to get false priests. And sooner rather than later, in a world where subjective analysis is labeled evil and dangerous, some political mountebank is going to see his opening and seize the very catechism of that false god, words like “objective” and “neutral” and “two-sided” and “fair” and “balanced,” and he will pervert them into a catch-phrase, a brand-name….

Who does Olbermann say has seized “the very catechism of that false god” and turned it into a brand-name? Rupert Murdoch, News Corp, and Fox News. (See the video, below.)

Who else is reading from the same “catechism”? National Geographic Editor Chris Johns, who has piously proclaimed he is “without an agenda”: “In a world full of shrill voices and agendas, we at National Geographic are committed to an unbiased presentation of facts.”

Speaking of facts, here’s a curious one to ponder: The National Geographic Channel is not controlled by the National Geographic Society; it’s controlled by Rupert Murdoch & News Corp., the Channel’s majority owner.

This we believe:
National Geographic Magazine was most successful
before it opened the door
“to pointless worship at the temple of a false god.”
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