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They’re dismissive. They see such accusations as a product of good journalism. If you’re making people mad, you’re doing it right, and there is a certain sort of logic in that (I say as someone who frequently writes true things that make people mad). Or they see the accusations as irrelevant. Who cares if most American newsrooms are full of people who lean left in their politics? Those people can still do their jobs objectively. Maybe that’s true for some, on an individual level. Still, the journalism industry has spent a lot of time talking about the need for things like racial and gender diversity in newsrooms for the sake of adding viewpoints and combatting an unconscious bias born of the undeniable fact that our lived experience colors how we see the world even when we’re trying to be objective.
If viewpoint diversity is important — and it is — what can we say about newsrooms where conservatives are an endangered species? If our newsrooms are full of people who are inclined, because of their personal feelings, to have, consciously or not, a double standard when it comes to political reporting, we’re going to have a problem. In fact, we already have …
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