It’s not at all uncommon these days for news headlines to be editorializing, when they should be simply reporting.
However, the CBC Online crew are, I think, some of the worst offenders in Canada. No, I’m not shocked by this… but I am dismayed at the blatancy of it.
Take todays headline:
Even to me… an admitted Bush hater… this screams anti-Bush bias.
So many people, on the Left and Right, complain about Media bias…indeed, it is this perceived Bias that I think has contributed to the explosive growth of the “alternative” media in the blogosphere and Internet in general.
But as much as I hate Bush and everything he has done and stands for… there must still be a line drawn between personal opinion and statement of fact.
The above headline is itself simplistic and childish. Like something you’d see on this blog. 😉 However there is one big difference between the CBC Online and This blog… one claims to be a source of Reportage and Journalism. I, on the other hand am giving my personal perspective on things…
The CBC should stick to the facts… Factual alternative headlines that convey the same, urgency, could have been:
- Bush authorized leak, says Libby.
- Bush denounces leaks… but Libby says otherwise.
- Documents contradict Bush policy on leaks
There is of course no limit to the number of variables.. you get the idea.
The point is, it is not the CBC’s job to have an opinion. It is their job to state the facts. Yes, some editorial slant will always come through… but overall they must uphold, and defend the principles of journalism.
If they don’t.. and if others don’t… then the level of the debate will continue to deteriorate precipitously in our country.