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On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News

On Press:  The Liberal Values That Shaped the News

by Matthew Pressman,
Psychology Today, November 13, 2018

In the 1970s, Irving Kristol, a founding father of neo-conservatism, declared that most journalists were liberals, who believed that government should regulate corporations, redistribute wealth, and promote civil liberties and civil rights in the United States and around the world. That said, Kristol was also an advocate of interpretive reporting. “To keep a reporter’s prejudices out of a story is commendable,” he wrote; to exclude context and judgment “is to guarantee that truth will be emasculated.” To complicate things further, Kristol acknowledged that journalists had become critical of all Establishment authorities, including “trade union leaders and university presidents, the political left as well as the political right,” Jimmy Carter as well as Gerald Ford.


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