“There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn’t mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing.”
——Christiane Amanpour in 1996, responding to critics who called her reporting on the Bosnian War biased.
Now THIS is an unethical quote, in contrast to the earlier one from Christiane, which I posted yesterday as an “Ethics Quote of the Week.”
I’m posting this one 20 years after it was uttered because…
1. It explains the previous quote from yesterday.
2. It tells us everything we need to know about Christiane, which is to say, she cannot be trusted as a reporter.
3. For some reason I was unaware of it.
4. It appears to have become the motto of all reporters.
5. It is unethical to the core, and
6. A lot of people, including most journalists, don’t know why. Continue reading