“Fairness Is Overrated”: NBC’s Lester Holt Comes Out in Favor of Media Predisposition
“I think it’s ended up being clearer that fairness is overrated,” Holt informed the audience at Washington State University. “Before you run and tweet that headline, let me discuss a bit. The concept that we should always offer 2 sides equal weight and benefit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in. That the sun sets in the West is a reality. Any contrary view does not deserve our time or attention.”
According to Holt, just a few media elites such as himself are certified to judge such realities. The NBC weekday anchor referenced current events such as the civil discontent at the Capitol on January 6 and alternate theories about the coronavirus pandemic as examples for why the media needs to dismiss particular stories and viewpoints and focus only on what the news authors and anchors think about provable facts.
It’s not simply a way to micromanage the news program either, Holt stated. It’s really the responsibility of people such as Holt to tell us what and how to think.
“Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of duty or some sort of agenda, in reality, it’s simply the opposite,” Holt claimed.
But who decides what is “unsupported,” in Holt’s estimate? If it’s individuals in charge of the newsrooms at NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and even Fox News, we news customers shouldn’t be comfy with that.
Offering all sides to a story is not just unnecessary, it’s also possibly hazardous, according to Holt: He went on to state that “offering an open platform for misinformation, for anybody to come say whatever they desire, especially when problems of public health and safety are at stake, can be quite dangerous.”
The responsibility of reporters, the NBC anchor stated, is to be “fair to the truth.”
The reality as declared by left-wing newsrooms, anyway. And the characters in some of those same newsrooms were effusive in their praise of Holt’s remarks.
CNN Business’s Reliable Sources Newsletter, put together by Oliver Darcy, called Holt’s remarks “a sharp review of bothsideism.” Leftist CNN White Home correspondent John Harwood tweeted a basic, “Thank you,” to Holt.
Others had views that were less “reasonable” when speaking about Holt’s remarks. Fox News’s Tucker Carlson called Holt’s remarks “monstrous.”
Tim Graham of the Media Proving ground reminded people of Holt’s 2017 softball interview of presidential loser Hillary Clinton, in which Holt confessed that he “winced” when Clinton was called dishonest and asked the former secretary of state if she ever got her “sensations harm sometimes.”
Hard hitting, take-no-prisoners reporting there.
Symposium may “strengthen negative belief some hold about reporters. “However the reporter went on to state his remarks talk to a higher
reality about the times we are residing in. “That we have needed to be more direct in our language in current times just speaks with the
volume and gravity of specific statements and claims,” Holt stated. “Fact monitoring is not a vendetta. All of us have a stake in getting it right. “Speaking of fact monitoring, left-wing “truth monitoring “site Snopes has actually already figured out
that Holt didn’t really say what he said, calling a heading that claimed the anchor required journalists to “ditch neutrality” false. However Snopes is dead incorrect. In declaring that “fairness is exaggerated,”Holt
did certainly encourage his fellow reporters to dismiss sides of stories that they think about not worthy of their attention. The mainstream media practically widely leans left, while the”fact”that Holt declares to hold in such high regard rarely comes specifically from that side of the political spectrum. Paradoxically, Holt rose to the anchor desk in 2015 after his colleague Brian Williams was benched to the breaking news
desk at MSNBC after fabricating a story about how a helicopter he was riding in Iraq was forced down by an RPG. Published at Fri, 02 Apr 2021 13:11:25 +0000