Keith Olbermann fires back at Ted Koppel, Talks the Truth about Journalism

Keith Olbermann comes back at Ted Koppel with a vengeance. He seems offended this time, as Koppel accused Olbermann of killing ‘real news’ in his latest op-ed column on the Washington Post.

Watch the HuffPost article and Keith’s comment here:
Keith Olbermann Fires Back At Ted Koppel Over Objectivity, 'Real News'

The so-called ‘objective’ journalism is a term coined to contrast, and perhaps demonize, what we have come to identify today as subjective or ‘advocacy’ journalism. Incidentally, the term has found itself being used by subjective journalists and commentators as a way to create nostalgia for ‘old-school’ news, while at the same time attacking their rivals for being too political, and thus ‘killing’ the past.

As Keith points out here, every news piece has a genesis, and way in which each piece is reported depends not only on facts, but on how the anchors choose to report and discuss them.

Interestingly enough, Keith never called Ted Koppel a hypocrite. Perhaps it was implied in his comment.

The truth is, nobody ever was an ‘objective’ journalist’. The only people who can be categorized as such are those who collect raw data. The data itself is objective, but it is not news. It only becomes news once it has been given context by those reporting the news, at which point it ceases to be objective.

Author: dky1

A graduated (but still caffeinated) student. I write mostly politics and movie reviews in the Third Cup blog, and some fiction, short stories, and gaming journal on the Loner's Diaries blog.

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