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Neutrality in Journalism—-Is It Possible?

by  David A. Lehrer

April 22, 2011 | 4:43 pm

An issue which periodically emerges and engages passions on all sides of the political spectrum is the role and purpose of objectivity in journalism. Are the Glenn Becks and Keith Olbermanns of the world the future and fate of journalism or is there still a place for the much maligned “objective journalism” that we all learned about in civics classes?

Last year’s heated exchange between Olbermann and Ted Koppel was a much discussed flash point in the on-going debate.

Next week Community Advocates, in partnership with NPR station KPCC and its Airtalk broadcast with Larry Mantle, will grapple with this issue. On Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 we will have two exceptionally able advocates discuss this enduring and increasingly relevant issue before a live audience (at KPCC’s new home, The Crawford Family Forum at 474 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena) as it is taped for broadcast:

Eric Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York,  Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, columnist for The Nation, The Forward, and The Daily Beast and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Alterman’s latest book is Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama. His previous books include the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America.

Geneva Overholser, Director of the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is a former editor of the Des Moines Register, ombudsman of the Washington Post and editorial board member of The New York Times. She held the Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism. Overholser is on the boards of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford, Center for Public Integrity and the Committee of Concerned Journalists.

Please join us for what promises to be a very stimulating evening. If you would like to make a free reservation, please click here.

 

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