One More Note on ‘False Equivalence’ and the Filibuster - James Fallows - Politics - The Atlantic
) A reader’s note that underscores the media’s failure.
Part of the reason is the flawed understanding many journalists have of objectivity. The thinking is that pointing out that one political party is responsible for the Senate’s dysfunction would be taking sides, which would call their objectivity into question. The irony is, by pretending both sides are equally at fault for the dysfunction and refusing to report on the objective facts of the situation, they’re misleading readers and handing a huge advantage to one side.
Obviously, good journalists understand that objectivity isn’t about refusing to take sides, it is about reporting the facts as they are, even when that means making one side look bad. Sadly, this is not the norm in modern political journalism.