Can, should colum­nists try to be ‘ob­jec­tive’?

The Star (Kenya) - - The Big Punch -

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?

Julius Coredo


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