“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.”
— NGM Editor Chris Johns
Not only is Chris Johns’ claim historically inaccurate, it’s also logically and morally untenable:
“Though the axiom says there are two sides to every story, that is not always the case. What was the other side of World War II? The civil rights movement? Watergate? Would Liz Trotta have lectured Walter Cronkite for questioning the Vietnam War?
Sometimes there are not two sides, or at least, not two sides both consonant with our broadest understanding of human rights, human wrongs and human reason. To chain reporters to some model of ethics that does not acknowledge this is to make reporters ridiculous and irrelevant.”
≡ Hat tip: a loyal reader
≡ photo of Leonard Pitts Jr. via ASNE