Objectivity thrown to the dogs
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This must be interesting times for the editors and readers of the Daily Nation alike. There were days when the Daily Nation was a paper of integrity, and its editors had trust that we as its readers could make sense of whatever news they reported. Writes Akech-Akoko.
Editors Kept facts sacred
Those days reporting news was factual, and separate from opinion. The editors true to the dictum kept facts sacred; comment free. Not anymore, despite their reassurance that NMG is still committed to fair reporting, news reports that source comments from Opinion pieces, such as Ahmednassir’s piece in the East African Standard last Sunday, point to the fact that in its reporting the NMG has taken sides in the on going political contest.
Conflating news and opinion
Since when did conflating news and opinion become an acceptable journalist practice? If Ahmednassir’s comment(he support Kibaki for a
second term in office) were so important and deserved readers attention, why didn’t the NMG not re-publish for it readers? Why slice a qoute from it to buttress the Catholic Church’s position? Could this have been an isolated incidence of sloppy reporting and editing? Not so, take a look at the current issue of Expression Today www.eastafricapress.net. It will confirm your fears: the NMG has anti-ODM agenda, in this mission its esteemed editors will break rules, nay break new grounds in news reporting.