Just the Facts?: Partisanship & the Press

BackStory on May 15, 2013 19:52

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    The current era of partisan news and name-calling is enough to make you wonder what happened to good old-fashioned objective reporting. But in this hour, BackStory asks: Where did the idea of media objectivity come from in the first place? Historian Marcus Daniel explains that the bitter rhetoric of editors in the 1790s played a key role in the birth of our democracy. Matthew Goodman tells the story of an elaborate hoax involving "lunar man-bats" in the early days of the penny press. And Michael Kinsley, founder of the online journal Slate, argues that opinion journalism can be more informative than so-called "objective" news.

    Visit our website for additional reading, listener comments, and background on the featured guests: backstoryradio.org/just-the-facts-partisanship-and-the-press/

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