For most, it’s just an opin­ion. If you’re the boss, it’s news

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

When does opin­ion qual­ify as news? At univer­sity in the early 1970s, I was taught that all news re­port­ing is also opin­ion. How­ever, since then two things have ex­ac­er­bated this. First, there is no longer a clear di­vi­sion be­tween ed­i­to­ri­al­is­ing and news re­port­ing. Sec­ond, opin­ion can now be based on fake news. Ni­cholas Houghton, Folke­stone, UK

• Only when it’s based on fact, not blus­ter. Richard Or­lando, Westmount, Que­bec, Canada

• All too of­ten. Rick Bzowy, Swansea, Tas­ma­nia, Aus­tralia

• Of­ten, in the ab­sence of facts. Lawrie Bradly, Sur­rey Hills, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia

• When it’s from a self-opin­ion­ated celebrity. Rhys Win­ter­burn, Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia

• When it runs counter to that pre­vi­ously ut­tered. Char­lie Bam­forth, Davis, Cal­i­for­nia, US

• Clearly his­tory tells us that it de­pends on the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and mil­i­tary power of the opin­ion’s per­pe­tra­tor. John Bense­man, Auck­land, New Zealand

• When most of my col­leagues start to take my opin­ions se­ri­ously, that’s news. John Gef­froy, Las Ve­gas, New Mex­ico, US

All news, all the time … Twit­ter

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