Even Peter Jennings admits that reporters can’t be objective:
Jennings gets questions about a CBS report on Bush’s National Guard service, for which CBS news anchor Dan Rather later apologized and said the story was a mistake. He’s also asked about Sinclair Broadcasting’s decision to air a controversial documentary on Sen. John Kerry’s Vietnam war record. Another big question regards an ABC internal memo from the political director suggesting that reporters need not “reflexively” hold both sides of the presidential election “equally” accountable.
Jennings said the media is now under the hot lights.
“I’m a little concerned about this notion everybody wants us to be objective,” Jennings said.
Jennings said that everyone — even journalists — have points of view through which they filter their perception of the news. It could be race, sex or income. But, he said, reporters are ideally trained to be as objective as possible.
“And when we don’t think we can be fully objective, to be fair,” the anchorman said.
For once, truth in broadcasting.