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Reporter Fired For Believing In Reality

By Myrhaf · February 20th, 2010 12:50 am · 6 Comments ·

This is astonishing:

Atlanta Progressive News has parted ways with long-serving senior staff writer Jonathan Springston. Apparently, Springston’s affinity for fact-based reporting clashed with Cardinale’s vision.

And, no, that’s not sarcasm.

In an e-mail statement, editor Matthew Cardinale says Springston was asked to leave APN last week “because he held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News.”

This is from APN’s Frequently Asked Questions:

“Progressive news is news that brings us closer to universal health care, living wages, affordable housing, peace, a healthy environment, and voting systems we can trust.

We provide news of concern to working families, and therefore, our writing is geared toward a specific audience. Fortunately, our audience–working families–comprises a majority of people in the United States who are largely ignored by corporate media sources.

We believe there is no such thing as objective news. Typically, mainstream media presents itself as objective but is actually skewed towards promoting the corporate agenda of the ultra-wealthy.

APN, on the other hand, does not pretend to be objective. We believe that our news coverage is fair and that our progressive principles are fair. We aim when possible to give voice to all sides, but aim to provide something different than what is already provided by corporate sources.”

APN’s policy explains the predominant trend in journalism today, but they are more up front about it. This is the reason the mainstream media has such a liberal bias (although APN believes they are “corporate media” that think they’re objective). This is why the MSM ignored questions about Obama’s past. It’s an excellent example of how modern philosophy is spreading through our culture,  working its way from universities to newspapers.

How long can a culture that no longer has confidence in objective reality remain free? I would imagine the answer is “Not long.”

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vision Care // Feb 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Whatever you believe, with feeling, becomes your reality. Vision Care

  • 2 Inspector // Feb 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Most. Ironic. Spam. Ever.

  • 3 Jim May // Feb 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Journalism as a profession is being destroyed by its conception of objectivity as being essentially a view without viewpoint, i.e. “sees all sides” — a God’s eye view that considers omniscience as a valid standard.

    Since that’s impossible for any fallible human being, the logic goes, than objectivity is impossible — i.e. any reportage *must* be colored by the reporter’s subjective viewpoint. And that, in a nutshell, is journalism school.

    If you dig around, you’ll likely find countless college terms papers where someone comes to that conclusion, thinking they’ve discovered something new. I knew someone back in Canada who did that.

    In any case, this is one situation where Ayn Rand’s admonishment to “don’t bother examining a folly; instead examine what it accomplishes” applies: what is being accomplished here, is the blinding of society by destroying the credibility of communication.

  • 4 C.T. // Feb 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Hey, you have to admit this much: the people at that paper know their audience.

  • 5 Richard // Feb 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    The original link doesn’t seem to work for me.

  • 6 Myrhaf // Feb 23, 2010 at 1:47 am

    The link should work now.