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Who’s The “Senior Cable News Executive?”

After nominating Lou Dobbs for IWantMedia.com’s Media Person of the Year, Ken Auletta writes:

  “Last week I bumped into a senior cable news executive at a holiday party and he sang the virtues of opinioned journalism. ‘Everyone has an agenda,’ he told me. ‘All reporters are biased. Why not be open about it, transparent? We shouldn’t pretend. The audience is looking for honest opinions, for opinions they can relate to.’

The problem with this mindset, which is echoed at Fox and CNN and talk radio and on many blogs, is that it promotes cynicism, encouraging viewers or readers or listeners to believe there are no pristine facts, just opinion. So search out the facts you agree with. Conservative facts. Liberal facts. But not common facts.”
 

So: who’s the “senior cable news executive?”

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