“The interview with Elon Musk was interesting, and for the most part professional, but one statement by Kara ruined it for me. Let me tell you why—it’s important:
She abused her platform to record and insert post-interview the disclaimer, “to be clear, I do not agree with Elon Musk about this” before a segment in which she questions him on his very reasonable, though not mainstream, views about COVID and a vaccine.
This was extremely disrespectful to Elon Musk, arrogant, and—in a journalistic sense—disrespectful to the audience.
If you read this, Kara, let me be clear: who’s changing the world, Elon Musk or you? Elon Musk could believe that he’s a duck, and the average person would care more about his opinion than yours. Not because your opinion doesn’t matter—it does—but in this context as a journalist, you’re supposed to be an independent arbiter of information, not shutting down the opinions of geniuses because they differ with the party line. We’re smart enough to judge his perspective for ourselves, thank you.
It may seem a small thing to some reading this, but such arrogant journalism is a danger to our democracy because people like Kara and those at the NYT are happy at the thought of diminishing the individual’s power to think for themselves slowly over time through the abuse of their power of influence if it were possible. It is a diseased perspective in modern journalism, and goes beyond a single statement, but it only thrives as much as we lie to ourselves that it’s not a big deal and continue to consume.”
Jon Knebel via Apple Podcasts ·
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