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The audience must trust that the journalist does not have an agenda and is not brining an agenda to the conversation (read: medium of publication).
No one is perfectly objective and no one is without conflict.
Compromised reporting is an ambiguous beat. However: a compromised reporter or editor can leverage access to relationships, information, and events that the public cannot (think simple: press credentials are powerful), and a compromised reporter can leverage this access in ways that are beneficial to her or himself or the news organization backing the credentials. Thus the reportage can be colored and influenced - both subtly and overtly - in ways the public is unaware of.
Good journalists know when and where to be transparent, good journalists are self-aware of potential conflicts, good journalists have a relationship with the audience but are not beholden to their audience, and good journalists aren’t on the take and cannot be bought by money, access, or flattery.
Consider this when reading hard news, tech blogs, and everything in between and remember: it’s not about the objectivity, it’s about the agenda.
“We have a saying in Egypt that says, ‘one hand by itself, does not clap.’ This means that, this is a group effort and we have to make it work. I believe this is true in all aspects of Egyptian society after the revolution. While I am an uneducated woman, I knew things weren’t going to change overnight. Almost eight months later and we are stuck in the same story and nothing has changed. Corruption is still rampant, at the state and local level. I am an older, single mother of two young men in their late 20s. I have more hope in Egypt than them. They are home, while I come and chant here every chance I get. This is not just a youth revolution like people keep saying. This is the people’s revolution.”