You may have noticed my bold type near the top of the page regarding a foolish journalistic propensity. There may be a better way to express that. A SD graduate student is surveying SD Blogs for a master's thesis. I actually spent some time answering the questions. Well, I was really tired of what I had been doing and it was a good excuse to do something else, but anyway, I did think a bit more about "balanced journalism" Also, a Bill Moyers and Company show kind of filled in some blanks.
Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann are reporters/commentators who strive to be bi-partisan in their reporting. Even so, they have found the idea of balancing actually unbalanced factors in the name of "balance journalism" is part of our current problems. Reporters, newspapers, and TV news that attempts to balance what the GOP has been doing to thwart Obama and what Democrats and Obama are doing is a fools errand.
You can find their comments on the foolish balance and the case they make can be found at Moyers, Norman Orenstein, and Thomas Mann..The failure of Congress.
I hope you find that interesting. Meanwhile back here, I think perhaps a better definition of balanced journalism is not that there must be some kind of equality presented between unequals, but that journalists (as should scientists) should give alternate positions or sides balanced scrutiny and analysis. The same kind of hard-nosed evaluation of Side A should be given to Side B or to Perspective A and Perspective B, and then let the chips fall where they may.
Journalists should not accept GOP mythology on economics as reality. Give it the same kind of tough analysis and don't let circular arguments and fallacious history go unchallenged. Do the same kind of tough analysis on the Democratic arguments and relate both to reality on the ground, or in the economy, or in relation to accurate historical accounts.
I hope this doesn't all just sound like Sunday school preaching, but a foolish Press balance means between unequals or an inappropriate meaning for balanced journalism really endangers our Democracy and it helps maintain GOP retrograde obstruction as somehow equal to really trying to solve our social and economic problems.
*** Stay tuned, for more unbalanced "journalism". We try harder to maintain inequality between unequals--- Doug Wiken.