Thursday, Cenk Uygur, host of the online news program The Young Turks, echoed Harry Reid’s outburst against neutrality in mass media. The original video can be seen here.
On MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, Senator Reid (D-NV) was asked whether both parties were equally obstructive in Congress.
He responded that Republicans were solely responsible, but mass media had inaccurately portrayed this as an equal standoff.
“One of the problems that press has,” Reid addressed host Chuck Todd, “is everything you do is a tit-for-tat.” He continued, “You won’t call things the way they actually exist.”
Uygur echoed this sentiment saying, “This stuff’s not even; that’s all you [the mass media] ever do. You call it even.”
He went on to explain that mass media is obsessed with what he called neutrality journalism, or portraying issues as if every opinion is equally valid.
This, Uygur claimed, “is the worst form of journalism,” and would be absurd in other areas such as sports.
“Last night, the Lakers and the Heat played,” Uygur said, giving an example. “Who won? I don’t know, that’s all I’ve got for you. I’m a neutral journalist. To say that the Heat won would show an anti-Laker bias.”
He considered this laughable in sports coverage but harmful in politics, which is much more important for the nation.
On Uygur’s view, real journalism requires objectivity while neutrality can actually be dishonest to consumers. This would require reporters to present more facts about an issue instead of using anecdotes which make it seem equally divided.
Using his sports analogy, Uygur gave an example of objective reporting. He said, “I watched the game, and I saw that the Heat actually beat the Lakers and here’s the score. That’s not neutral but it’s objective.”
This, he thinks, is the type of journalism Americans need to analyze politics successfully.
The Young Turks. “The Media Has FAILED The American Perople. Sen. Harry Reid MSNBC Interview.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 8 May 2014. Web. 8 May 2014.