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An AirTalk Event - Is There Still a Place for Objective Journalism?

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions

Is There Still a Place for Objective Journalism -- Or Is It An Anachronism? From Glenn Beck to Keith Olbermann, from Rachel Maddow to Fox News there has been intense focus and debate on the spin of broadcast journalism. Some argue that journalists should admit their biases and not pretend to be impartial. Others insist that they should aspire to the traditional standard, as outlined by The New York Times' Editor Bill Keller: "Impartiality is not just a matter of pretending to be neutral; it is a healthful, intellectual discipline."


Eric Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a columnist for The Nation, The Forward, and The Daily Beast, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Alterman's latest book is Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama and his previous books include the national bestsellers, What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News (2003, 2004) and The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America (2004) Geneva Overholser, Director of the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is a former editor of the Des Moines Register, ombudsman of the Washington Post and editorial board member of the New York Times. She held the Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism. Overholser is on the boards of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford, Center for Public Integrity and the Committee of Concerned Journalists. AirTalk with Larry Mantle hosted an in-depth conversation about this important journalistic question. This event was sponsored by Community Advocates, Inc. To listen to this event, please visit the AIRTALK website.