Good Writing Advice.

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On a friends Facebook page, we were reflecting on the poor performance of main stream media concerning most things politics. Sometimes it seems they just don’t try any more. It seems they’re so busy cozying up to the powers that be in order to use them as sources of info, they’re gun shy about asking tough questions, as that may lead to the loss of that source. The press is too afraid to piss anyone off, which is why it ended up being the National Enquirer that had the balls to pursue the John Edwards cheating story, something so obvious from the get-go, when no one else would. They also are prone to pick favorites. Which is why the press was so cozy with John McCain in 2000 when they should have really examined him more thoroughly.

Though journalism wasn’t my official major in college, my major Telecommunications included a great deal of journalism studies. We spent a lot of time on the dangers of the news business becoming a “for profit” industry. I scoffed at some of the negative criticisms at the time, but i later realized most of it was accurate. It hasn’t been a good thing.

This post reminds me of something. The best piece of advice I got from a professor was that, from our life experiences, we are all biased. You can’t escape them, it’s what makes each person’s viewpoint unique. And they are not a bad thing. But, when reporting and writing objectively, you must be aware of those biases and try, as best you can to check them at the door.

Keep in mind, there is a difference between object journalism, and advocating a position. Many bloggers, myself included, write post because something catches our fancy. Andrew Sullivan and Megan McCardle at The Atlantic do it, Dan and Bruce at Gay Patriot do it, Glenn Greenwald does it, and I do too. We reflect on things that hold our interest or stirs our ire. It’s what makes blogging fun.

5 Comments to “Good Writing Advice.”

  1. By Cliff, January 25, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    Advice, not advise

  2. By Jeff Alberts, January 26, 2011 @ 3:18 am

    Dammit! Cliff beat me to it!!

  3. By Sonicfrog, January 26, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    This is a draft and wasn’t supposed to go public yet. It didn’t even make sense. You spelling Nazis didn’t even care it made no sense……. What’s up with that??????

  4. By Jeff Alberts, January 27, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    Making sense is irrelevant. Whether or not you have correct spelling and grammar, that’s important. Have you made sense in any of your posts?

    😉 Just kidding!

  5. By Sonicfrog, January 27, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Have you made sense in any of your posts?

    Well… Not according to my little brother!!!! 🙂

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