7 A WINTER OF DISCONTENT
A good journalist – by training and instinct – has a gut feeling about objectivity and can find a way, via common sense rather than tortured hair-splitting semantics, through the objectivity-commitment minefield. One thing is certain: if he [sic] cannot, propaganda will soon take the place of genuine information.
Arnold Hadwin, editor of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus
(Hadwin 1980, p. 30)
In this chapter I propose, via ‘tortured hair-splitting semantics’ rather than ‘common sense’, to show how some of the issues raised so far can be seen in action. For this purpose I shall refer throughout to a BBC ‘Nine O’clock News’ by way of an extended example. How in practice do good journalists avoid propaganda, provide us with ...