Objectivity is 50 Shades of Grey
During the pandemic, parents often complained to me that journalism was biased and wasn’t covering the real damage done to their kids during school shutdowns. They pointed to the dawn to dusk coverage on CNN of the dangers that existed in schools, but little discussion about learning lag, speech delays, mental health issues and the host of other social ills caused by remote education. They scanned the front page of the New York Times looking for news on a topic that concerned them the most — their kids — and saw nothing.
Many parents believed that the silence from the major media sources was proof of a conspiracy, an unholy alliance between the media and the teachers’ unions and Democratic elite. As usual, reality is a lot more complicated. So, let’s break it down.