A close acquaintance in a Yahoo! public relations group posted an interesting opinion about how much value newspapers readers place in newspapers' objectivity:
"I have always believed that readers don't care nearly as much about objectivity and newsroom independence as journalists seem to think they do."
So, I'm asking: How much do you value the objectivity of the news reporting of newspapers? I assume we can include TV and radio news reports in the discussion.
Having worked for two small dailies and one weekly early in my career, I'm of the opinion that "hometown newspapers" are seldom liked, much less appreciated. There's always ample (often justified) amount of criticism aimed at the "local" newspaper -- no matter where it is.
So, no matter how objective newspapers really are, they can't win. But, they are still read.
And, its readers are generally intelligent enough to see when a story is slanted. So, we can make up our own minds about the news topic.