Former NY Times editor fired for pro-Biden tweet speaks out: “I’m a biased reporter and that’s fine with me”
Lauren Wolfe, the former freelance writer who was fired by The New York Times over a pro-Biden tweet, defended her open political stance in a recent op-ed titled “I’m a biased journalist and I agree with that. “
Wolfe was ousted by The Times after celebrating the arrival of then-President-elect Joe Biden at Joint Base Andrews ahead of his inauguration, writing “I’m having chills.”
Published Friday in the Washington Monthly, Wolfe argued that “to be fair and to have [a] point of view are not incompatible “and that journalists” should not have to disguise or suppress their opinions “.
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“Since I was fired from the New York Times at the end of January, no matter what I post or say about online journalism, angry people have come out of their hiding places to yell at me. They say I’m biased… reporters are all crooked, and I’m a prime example of why no one can believe everything we say in the media, ”Wolfe began. room, which was originally written on its Substack. “So I’d like to talk a little bit about this idea of bias – and its implicit opposite, objectivity – in journalism. They are inextricably linked. “
Wolfe argued that being an objective journalist is not being “you” as political biases must remain “hidden”, but also insisted that “this does not mean that our implicit prejudice does not guide our choice. sources, or even the stories we decide to cover. “
“I have always thought it best to openly express my perspective on the issues I cover, which have long been war and international human rights. And yes, I often write with a diary – in order to create change, ”Wolfe wrote. “So yeah, I’m biased, and consciously when it comes to certain topics, especially when I’m reporting on crime. But I don’t see that as a bad thing.”
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The journalist undermined the media’s “relentless need to strike an objective balance” in their reporting, which she said “has in fact” led to a dangerous imbalance – with the media too often giving as much space to lies as to to the facts “.
She highlighted her past reporting that led to the arrests of gang child rapists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, writing: “I was upfront about what I was trying to accomplish, and once I felt that I had crossed the invisible line of being in the story I wrote about it. “
“My actions as a reporter had brought about a change, which became part of the story I was telling. To continue reporting without mentioning it would have been impossible, and I couldn’t just stop covering what was happening to me. these little girls, ”Wolfe added. . “Transparency trumps pretending that we are not humans with opinions and emotions like everyone else.”
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Wolfe wrote that The Times knew of her openly liberal policies when she was first hired and told her it was okay as long as she stopped her opinionated writing.
“I’m not saying there isn’t an implicit bias in The Times or other newspapers, but most journalists at the top of their field are pretty damn good at keeping it out of their reporting. Of course, some will always seep in, but that won’t necessarily make the coverage misleading or inaccurate. Again, journalists are always humans, “she wrote.” Yes, I am biased. But when my job requires me not to be, I work really hard to create unbiased journalism, which is what a professional does. “
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