[The BoRev.net blog comments on statements made by The Guardian's Latin America correspondent, Rory Carroll, in response to the question of whether Carroll's coverage of Hugo Chavez's government in Venezuela has been objective. To read the original Guardian piece click here. To read comments on The Guardian's original piece by members of MediaLens' message board click here.]
British Media Shocker! Rory Carroll "Doesn't Regard Himself as a 'Champion of Impartiality'"
By BoRev.net - April 7, 2008
The Guardian has what they call a “readers’ editor” who goes through the newspaper’s inbox and replies publicly to the crap that the cranks write in. Fun job! Anyway today they take on the burning question of whether “the Guardian's coverage of Venezuela is overly critical of the government and the president, Hugo Chávez.” Instead of the obvious quickie response (“duh”) Siobhain Butterworth decided to get to the bottom of it all by talking to the paper’s Latin America correspondent. [Oddly, Butterworth refuses to name the correspondent and just refers to him throughout the piece as “the correspondent,” which is dumb and annoying, because everybody knows his name is Rory Carroll and so we’ve included a photo of both correspondent and editor above]
Remarkably, Rory opens his heart and explains his daily struggle against the bourgeois notions of “impartiality” and “journalism," you see...
>>> “The correspondent doesn't regard himself as a ‘champion of impartiality.”
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