The Missing Fourth Element of the View From Nowhere

Conor Freidersdorf, writing about the firing of two journalists due to their support of Occupy Wall Street, raises Jay Rosen’s journalistic critique known as the View from Nowhere:

In pro journalism, American style, the View from Nowhere is a bid for trust that advertises the viewlessness of the news producer. Frequently it places the journalist between polarized extremes, and calls that neither-nor position “impartial.” Second, it’s a means of defense against a style of criticism that is fully anticipated: charges of bias originating in partisan politics and the two-party system. Third: it’s an attempt to secure a kind of universal legitimacy that is implicitly denied to those who stake out positions or betray a point of view. American journalists have almost a lust for the View from Nowhere because they think it has more authority than any other possible stance.

But there’s a fourth element that’s missing:

It’s an attempt to alienate as few consumers and advertisers as possible.

Always follow the money, especially in an industry which constantly bemoans its financial fate.

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