The Roots of Fake News: Objecting to Objective Journalism argues that ‘fake news’ is not a problem caused by the power of the internet, or by the failure of good journalism to assert itself. Rather, it is within the news’ ideological foundations – professionalism, neutrality, and most especially objectivity – that the true roots of the current ‘crisis’ are to be found.
Placing the concept of media objectivity in a fuller historical context, this book examines how current perceptions of a crisis in journalism actually fit within a long history of the ways news media have avoided, obscured, or simply ignored the difficulties involved in promising objectivity, let alone ‘truth’. The book examines journalism’s relationships with other spheres of human endeavour (science, law, philosophy) concerned with the pursuit of objective truth, to argue that the rising tide of 'fake news' is not an attack on the traditional ideologies which have supported journalism. Rather, it is an inevitable result of their inherent flaws and vulnerabilities.
This is a valuable resource for students and scholars of journalism and history alike who are interested in understanding the historical roots, and philosophical context of a fiercely contemporary issue.
"This book comes at an optimal time, providing the kind of cultural and contextual history missing from a lot of the debates around fake news. Offering countervailing perspectives, The Roots of Fake News allows the audience to see how what is taken for granted about journalistic practice and epistemology invites bad actors to exploit often ignored vulnerabilities." - Brian Creech, Professor of Journalism at the School of Media and Communication at Temple University
Foreword: Roots, Fakery & Objectivity: ‘Let Us Count Our Spoons’
The Frightening And Truly Extraordinary Story
‘For The Better Information Of The People’
‘Many A Good Newspaper Story Has Been Ruined By Over-Verification
‘The Public Interest, Convenience, Or Necessit
‘I Come From Cyberspace, The New Home Of Mind
‘But Journalism Is Like The Most Honoured Professions In Other Ways’
Objecting To Objectivity
‘What Is Behind A Scientific Text?… Inscriptions'
‘Cultural Analysis Is Intrinsically Incomplete’’
‘To Collect All The Proofs On Both Sides; To Compare Them
‘No Provider…. Shall Be Treated As The Publisher’
‘Journalism By Nature Is Reactive And Practical
‘Links Between Cause And Effect Are Still Lacking’
The Fourth Estate