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The London Protests: time for the fact-value distinction in journalism?

The London Protests: time for the fact-value distinction in journalism?

One of the fascinating aspects of the ‘pandemic’ has been the personal reminder of the importance of philosophy, which aims for clarity of thought.

THE LONDON PROTESTS: DIFFERENT VALUES CREATE DIFFERENT ‘FACTS’ IN THE NEWS

Today’s reporting of the London protests is a case in point – three media outlets with three sets of values = three different realities:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-57623110

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/26/vaccine-hesitancy-wanes-despite-thousands-joining-freedom-march?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/protests-london-this-weekend-extinction-rebellion-b942693.html

THE FACT-VALUE DISTINCTION

Today’s journalists seem unaware or unconcerned that their ‘reporting’ continually blurs a vital distinction between what is fact and what is opinion – these links are informative:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fact%E2%80%93value_distinction

‘The fact-value distinction is literally as the term suggests, an attempt to distinguish between a fact and a value. We must understand what facts are and what values are. Facts are anything that renders a proposition to be either true or false, be it a statement about an object, e.g. a car is a mode of transportation or comparison, a cat is smaller in size than a giraffe. A value, on the other hand, is based on an evaluative judgment, it is more subjective than stating a fact and thus differs from person to person. When we make statements such as lying is bad or respecting your elders is good.’ https://www.sociologygroup.com/fact-value-distinction/

This is not a hard distinction to grasp. Should it be the bedrock of news reporting?

What do you think?

It is proposed that journalists should distinguish facts and values in every news article

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