Can, should columnists try to be ‘objective’?
I read Godwin Murunga’s article in one of the local dailies last Saturday with mixed feelings. His talk about bias and objectivity in a columnist’s writing left me with several unanswered questions. Not equating objectivity with balance may be fine, but he ought to have gone further and told us the instruments we should use to view a balanced opinion. Articulating left-wing ideas in one’s column in total disregard of the rightwing interests is not bias, as one can be partisan, but still be objective in writing. It is right to say that schools of thought are built on conscience and convictions, but where do the inclinations to those thoughts derive their legitimacy?