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Lauren Wolfe, the former freelance editor who was fired by the New York Times for a pro-biden tweet, defended her overt political stance in a recent comment titled “I’m a biased journalist and I agree. “
Wolfe was ousted by the Times after celebrating the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden at Joint Base Andrews prior to his inauguration and writing, “I have the chills.”
Wolfe was published in Washington Monthly on Friday, arguing that “be fair and have” [a] Viewpoints are not incompatible “and that journalists” do not have to hide or suppress their views “.
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“Since I was fired from the New York Times in late January, angry people have come out of their hiding places to yell at me no matter what I post or say about journalism online. They say that I’m biased … that journalists are all crooked and that I’m a perfect example of why nobody can believe everything we say in the media, “Wolfe began her article, which was originally written on her Substack.” So I want to talk a little bit about this idea of bias – and its implied opposite, objectivity – in journalism. They are inextricably linked. “
Wolfe argued that being an objective journalist is not about being “you” because political bias must be “hidden”, but also insisted “that our implicit bias does not determine our choice of sources or even which stories we choose to choose. to report on it. “
“I have always believed that it is better to be open about my views on the issues I am covering that have long been war and international human rights. And yes, I often write with an agenda – with a view to creating change, “wrote Wolfe.” So yes, I am consciously biased on certain topics – especially when I report on crime. But I don’t think that’s bad. “
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The journalist beat the media organizations’ “relentless need to find an objective balance” in their reporting, which she believes has “actually created a dangerous imbalance – with the media too often giving lies as much space as facts”.
Referring to her previous coverage of the arrest of child rapists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she wrote, “I was open to what I was trying to achieve and when I felt the invisible limit of being in the the story, I wrote about it. “
“Working as a journalist had made changes that became part of my story. Going on without mentioning it would have been impossible, and I couldn’t just stop reporting what happened to these little girls,” added Wolfe. “Transparency trumps with pretending that we are not people with opinions and emotions like everyone else.”
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Wolfe wrote that the Times knew of its openly liberal policies when it was first hired and told her it was acceptable as long as she stopped her opinionated writings.
“I’m not saying there is no implicit bias in the Times or any other newspaper, but most journalists at the top of their field are pretty darn good at keeping them out of their coverage. something will always seep in, but that doesn’t necessarily make the reporting misleading or inaccurate. Here, too, journalists are still people, ”she wrote. “Yes, I am biased. But when my job demands it not to be, I work very hard to create unbiased journalism – that’s what a professional does. “
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