Thursday, January 15, 2009

Diversity Is Crucial Except When It Isn't


DIVERSITY: Sam Dealey looks at pundits’ worries about a dearth of black White House correspondents and comments:

Whoa, hold on a minute: Hasn’t the mantra from media types all along been that journalists are objective?

If we accept that black reporters will have a different take from their white colleagues on Barack Obama, does it follow that one of those views is more “accurate” or legitimate than the other? And now substitute “conservative” for “black.” Doesn’t this underrepresentation argument concede the point that conservatives have made all along about press bias? After all, it’s hardly a secret that most reporters and editors are liberal or left-leaning.


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