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Volume :16 Issue : 1 1988      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Western Press and the Myth of Objectivity

Auther : Omar AL-Khateeb

The Oxford English Dictionary defines objectivity as ‘… treating a subject so as to exhibit the actual facts, not colored by the feelings or opinions of the writer’. The meaning is clear, but does the have any practical validity when applied to the world of journalism? Are there any with the capacity to represent a subject and not, at least subconsciously, color it with inward thoughts and feelings?

It is a cherished myth, perpetuated by Western media critics and a journalism school, that pure objectivity exists.

Generally, the term is used to denote non-radical perspectives with which one agrees. Western-based media analysts often characterize the difference between East and West reporting by stating that Western reporters are objective, but Eastern reporters are not. This paper demonstrates that the usage of the ‘objectivity’ is itself a subjective one.

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