THE CONCEPT OF MEDIA objectivity, and even media balance, has been widely criticized by observers on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum. Those who accuse the modern media (primarily the news press, radio, and television) of having a right-wing bias focus on the issue of media ownership, the pressure of advertising, the relations among media, business, and government, and the process of news production.

Critical media scholars take issue with the corner-stone of traditional journalism, which claims that the modern news media produce an objective, truthful and neutral account of events where journalist and the news media are detached observers, separable from the social reality on which they report. Robert Hackett and Yuezhi Zhao discuss the “regime of objectivity” as a “walking ...

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