Truth matters, but whose?

Truth matters, but whose?
Former New York Times editor Gerald Boyd told a gathering in Kansas City Friday that the public perception of the media has become increasingly negative, partly because of the glut of information sources with varying standards and values. He also made this important statement:

“I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I don’t even pretend to know all the questions, but I know that truth matters. It is our currency, it is the foundation of our profession.”
This statement about truth belies the underlying myth of contemporary journalism — that there is a place in the middle of all controversy wherein one can identify and report “truth.” Unless you accept absolute truth or truths, this is problematic and leads to the self-deception created by journalism’s artifical hegemony — objectivity. Truth is certainly NOT journalism’s currency, only the impression thereof.

(From the Lawrence Journal-World)

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