79% Put Emphasis on Accuracy Over Justice in Journalism
Friday, March 01, 2013
Is it the role of journalists to fairly and accurately cover a news story, or is it more important for them to use their reporting to right wrongs that they see in society? That was the crux of the argument in a recent Washington Post ombudsman’s analysis of his paper’s coverage of the issue of gay marriage.
A Post reporter said that “Journalism, at its core, is about justice and fairness.” Just 40% of Likely U.S. Voters agree. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% and 18% are undecided. Democrats tend to agree with the reporter. Republicans and unaffiliated voters do not.
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