NY Times issues social media guidelines to staff, seeks to hide staff biases

NY Times issues social media guidelines to staff, seeks to hide staff biases

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Reporters from many organizations have posted personal thoughts on Facebook and Twitter, revealing they hold extraordinarily partisan perspectives and lack objectivity and balance and being open to diverse viewpoints.

Because of that, the NY Times is asking reporters to hide their biases from their social media posts. This enables the NY Times to pretend that its reporting staff is “seeking to cover objectively” various topics by hiding their staff biases.

  • “In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times’s journalistic reputation.

  • Our journalists should be especially mindful of appearing to take sides on issues that The Times is seeking to cover objectively.”

Source: Social Media Guidelines for the Times Newsroom

None of this fixes the root cause problem – the often intense biases of their reporting staff. All it does is hide the evidence of the crime. (See “What you say on social media can get you fired or jailed“.)

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