27 2 / 2012



With these words, NPR commits itself as an organization to avoid the worst excesses of “he said, she said” journalism. It says to itself that a report characterized by false balance is a false report. It introduces a new and potentially powerful concept of fairness: being “fair to the truth,” which as we know is not always evenly distributed among the sides in a public dispute.

Maintaining the “appearance of balance” isn’t good enough, NPR says. “If the balance of evidence in a matter of controversy weighs heavily on one side…” we have to say so. When we are spun, we don’t just report it. “We tell our audience…” This is spin! 

shortformblog: Rosen took a particular liking to lines like these: “Our goal is not to please those whom we report on or to produce stories that create the appearance of balance, but to seek the truth.” Read NPR’s ethics guidelines and consider it for yourself.

(Source: shortformblog, via futurejournalismproject)

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    "…but to seek the truth."
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    This makes us like NPR even more… if that was even possible.
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    This is a great reminder for all journalists. The truth comes first and foremost. It’s something we’d all agree with,...
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    It would be NPR with it’s well known liberal bias to propose that the truth is more important than letting everyone with...
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    Mor NPR, please
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    Yet another reason to love NPR. False objectivity is a scourge.
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