Originally Posted by Boston Red
To go back to my Nuxy example, I think the difference between Nuxy (okay to be biased) vs. Joe Morgan (not allowed to be biased calling a game for ESPN) is the same as a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal (needs to be objective) vs. a reporter for the Louisville Sports Report (it's fine for him or her to be biased). Why would you expect a reporter for the Louisville Sports Report (who are always credentialed at UofL press conferences and games), whose sole intended audience is UofL sports fans, to be unbiased?!?
Same with this radio station in Arkansas as long as they're not pretending to be a serious news outlet.
I'm really struggling with this "not pretending to be a serious news outlet."
So there are news outlets and "serious" news outlets? What does it take to be a serious news outlet versus just a news outlet? Either you report "news" or you don't. There's no in-between. Some people report Louisville news, some people report national news. No matter what "news" you reporter, you are supposed to be serious, professional and unbiased. Having content slanted toward something doesn't make it biased. If I write about Louisville, it doesn't mean I don't have an obligation to be professional and unbiased in how I write about Louisville.
I don't care what fans want or expect. Yes, it's true many fans want bias out of their reporters covering their favorite teams. That doesn't make it right or just.
When you enter a press conference, the media booth or some other event you're covering, it's verly explicitly expected that you are not there as a fan. You leave your biases at the door. What the woman did was wrong, though it seems to be an honest mistake and one that should have been forgiven. By the radio station, who sent her there to report, saying she was fired for not supporting Arkansas, they are just as guilty as she was.
If they don't want to be a "serious" news outlet, then they should just stop sending reporters to news conferences and they can "blog" with the rest of the wannabe (but not serious) news outlets.
I'm not trying to mock you with this serious news outlet thing, but come on... either you are a news outlet or you aren't. Social media may have blurred some of the lines these days with media, but if you're covering the news, you've an obligation to be a news outlet. That's cut and dry. This is the kind of argument you'd get from a blogger who wants to be treated like a journalist while expecting to be able to break all of the ethics and rules that go along with it because he's 'not really a journalist.'