Hunter Thompson on Journalism

With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms. Hunter S. Thompson

Well of course it’s true. I was always getting into this with lunatic Bigfooters. Of course all the MSM journalists get to laughingly insist that there is no such thing as Bigfoot, and that’s not being biased at all. But I’m not allowed to have an opinion. I am not allowed to say I think Bigfoot is real. Why? Because I’m a journalist. And of course all the insane Bigfooter journalists (all bloggers are journalists in effect) get to insist that Rick Dyer didn’t shoot a Bigfoot in Texas. That’s not being biased or anything. But I say I think he did, I am no longer being biased and I am no longer a journalist because journalists can’t be biased. Which isn’t true anyway. It depends what kind of a story you are writing. If you are writing about an ongoing homicide case in your city, right, you are supposed to be as objective as possible. Many, many journalistic pieces are opinion. Further, opinion is splattered all through so-called newspapers, newsmagazines and TV and radio news, even all through their news stories. Most news stories are not devoid of bias. Many news stories are shot through with bias from start to finish. I honestly think that the US MSM in the form of newsmagazines, newspapers and TV and radio news is about as propagandistic as Soviet newspapers, newsmagazines and TV and radio news were in, say, the 1980’s. In fact, during this era people from the Soviet Bloc who moved to the West often said that Western MSM news, even in Europe was much more propagandistic and less reliable and honest that even the MSM in the Eastern Bloc.

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