On Journalistic Objectivity
One of my favorite weekly radio programs is WNYC's On the Media, the more so because it keeps coming up with these wonderful little tidbits -- one is that the line that "computers only do what they're programmed to do" arose out of an IBM PR campaign to address concerns over the possibilities of AI ... in the 1950s.
A similar story, though not traced to OTM, is that the myth of carrots improving night vision was originated by the UK RAF during World War II, to provide plausible cover for the fact that their aircraft carried radar.
More recently, and the point of this post, that historically, newspapers have been highly partisan, something that gives me pause when I consider the vast Fox / Murdoch / Koch disinformation industrial complex:
[Beat reporting] gave authority to the newspapers. This is also important to the transition that is going on in journalism at that time. Before that journalism was an immature business. It was very partisan, often supported by political parties, and a failed politicians became editors and successful editors became politicians -- it was two sides of the same coin. But when newspapers established their economic independence by writing copy that people wanted to buy and if people bought a newspaper you could sell pages of advertising.
"The History of Beats"