CBS News President Caught At Obama Fundraiser: “Partisanship Is Very Much A Part Of Journalism Now”

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I don’t necessarily disagree with the sentiment:

Before the event began, a long line of partygoers waited on the sidewalk outside the hotel to check in. CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, waited patiently for their wristbands. Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Objectivity is something every journalist should aspire to, but I think it’s something all journalists should stop pretending like they’ve attained. Nobody is objective. We all have our biases, and we see the world through that lens of bias.

Rather than hiding ideologies and perspectives, why not acknowledge them? Why not be transparent about them, and let the consumers of the news take that into account?

I’ve said before that I don’t have a problem with bias. I have a problem with those who hide their biases and feign objectivity.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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