This seems true

Younger journalists do not understand impartiality and confuse it with “social justice”, former BBC editors have warned.

A generation that has grown up with social media believes that being impartial and saying what they think is right are the same things.

Giving evidence to a House of Lords committee, Roger Mosey, the former head of BBC Television News, said: “Some younger journalists don’t understand it in the way it was classically imbued into BBC journalists over the years.”

Richard Sambrook, former head of newsgathering at the corporation, is now a professor of journalism and said his students don’t see impartiality in the same way that older generations do.

“I talked to students about impartiality… and they may say, ‘Well, fairness is about social justice.’

It also seems a useful observation as it explains a lot of the media we do see, doesn’t it?

15 thoughts on “This seems true”

  1. Umm.. when has the BBC ever been “impartial”?

    Government mouthpiece, Protector of Morals, Pusher of Agendas.. yes… Impartial? He must be joking..

  2. “I talked to students about impartiality… and they may say, ‘Well, fairness is about social justice.’”

    It’s astounding how much stupidity there is in that quote-within-a-quote.

    Firstly, he’s talking about “impartiality” and they respond with talk about “fairness”.

    Secondly, they conflate “fairness” with “social justice”.

    Thirdly, they think that “social justice” is anything other than an oxymoron.

  3. It would explain why a third of the BBC news website is ridiculous social justice pulp, whilst much of the real news around the world isn’t even reported on by the BBC.

  4. Grikath, Orwell didn’t call it the Ministry of ‘Truth’ for nothing. In the old days, despite being biased, it had a reputation for occasionally being interested in finding the truth and giving us ‘news’.
    It is now nothing more than a vehicle for the woke snowflakes in charge to indoctrinate us with, but only with their agenda and vision of how WE should be.

  5. If you want to be “impartial” just become a fact checking service …….. and go after all the “facts” you don’t like.

  6. I do miss having the news read to me by the likes of Baker, Kendall, Rippon etc. They were all actors rather tham jounalists and as such the editors had to make the news as dry and unopinionated as possible. Comment or opinion was left to people like the late great Jack Cole in the 9pm show “Hondootedly, Mosses Thartcha, taramasalata zaphod beeblebrox…”
    To their detriment Austrian and German TV news have gone much the same way.

  7. Has anybody made an attempt, during the education or working lives of these junior hacks, to explain these things to them? Firmly…

    The first thing I was taught as a cub reporter was: no one gives a flying fuck what you think about this, or any other matter.

  8. Where did this strange notion of journalistic “impartiality” come from, and when did it arrive?

    My guess is that it was some combination of fear of libel / defamation suits, fear of straying too far from establishment lines, and a need to sell the appearance of a little more professionalism than the previous florid pamphlets and gazettes. An amalgam of discipline and marketing. A lie.

    The best thing we could teach the young is that impartiality doesn’t exist; never has and never will. Everyone has an agenda, be it personal, ideological or financial.

  9. Wasn’t there a story once, of a Liverpudlian visiting Moss Side, prevented a woman being savaged by her dog by choking it, and the local rag made the headline, “Scouser kills family pet.” ?

  10. ‘Well, fairness is about social justice.’

    Compounding of two subjectivities. Who decides ‘fair’ and on which criteria? Who decides ‘Social Justice’, based on which criteria?

    The result is biased, prejudiced dogma, minus any objective, critical analysis or support.

    ‘ It also seems a useful observation as it explains a lot of the media we do see, doesn’t it?’

    Yes.

  11. According to the BBC our offshore wind farms are virtually subsidy free. To be fair, they did retract this claim when it was pointed out to them that the subsidies were actually running at £3,500,000,000 per year. Is this partiality or just a lie?

  12. I talked to students about impartiality… and they may say, ‘Well, fairness is about social justice.’

    As a BBC Recruiter the correct response is – “next!”

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