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Monday, January 30, 2012

The guise of objectivity

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Objectivity (noun): “expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations.” Math problems are objective. The Yellow Pages are objective. Journalism is not objective. At the Indy we sometimes hear from readers that a story is not objective. You’re right, it probably isn’t, because the Indy, in its 29 years of publishing, never has been and never has claimed to be. Now we strive to be fair, to listen and analyze the viewpoints of all sides (not “both sides,” which implies there are only two viewpoints) of an issue. We use documents...

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Now about those sex ads ...

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I received a voicemail this morning from a concerned reader regarding an ad in the back of the paper. The ad says that on average, escorts have sex with seven men in a day, while women in general have sex with seven men in a lifetime. (It being an ad and not a news story, there was no attribution for these figures.) The ad was offering hookups with "real, clean women." As opposed to unreal, clean women? First, this ad is for a company that matches married people looking for sex with someone besides their spouse. The company slogan: "Life...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

What's up with the photo of Michael in the Iowa caucus story?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Last night I received an email from a reader upset because in the Indy's print edition this week, our cover story about the Iowa caucuses included a picture of Michael, a 28-year-old textile worker, in a string of photos of GOP candidates. From left to right: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum—and then there’s Michael. The rugged-looking, bearded Michael is wearing a baseball cap turned backward—with some errant hair jutting from under it—and a shirt that reads, “I’m a stoner … and I vote.” Now Michael didn’t materialize out of nowhere, unless you consider Iowa nowhere,...

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