“Neutral” election coverage

Thoughtful piece by Jay Rosen (via David Weinberger) challenging conventional coverage of the US elections.

The Every Four Years approach further pretends that the professional ideal of a neutral fact-finding, objective and purely informational press is still the standard brand and has no serious challengers, when in fact the serious challenge is here in the presence of Fox, blogging, a rising journalism of voice, and the general fragmentation of the media market, which has made a plurality of approaches the new “standard.”

I find the same pattern repeated here in Britain, with a wearysome emphasis on politics-as-horse-race.

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