Bambi Francisco, formerly a MarketWatch columnist who now heads Vator.tv, interviewed several figures in journalism about objectivity during a conference at Stanford two weeks ago and posted this video.
William Randolph Hearst III, for instance, said objective journalism still exists, and emphasized that there's a distinction between facts and opinion. Andy Heyward, former head of CBS News, said he would hate to see a world where everything is an op-ed page and nobody is trying to do old-fashioned, objective reporting. Bronstein, who stepped down in January as editor of the Chronicle to become the editor-at-large for Hearst, told Francisco that objectivity is a concoction that has developed over the past few decades:
- "People have opinions, they have perspective and one of the things that creates expertise is your perspective ... "I think journalists shy away from speaking with authority and that they ought to speak with it. ... I think the whole notion of objectivity should be thrown out."