us hold strong opinions on certain issues that come up daily in our news
reading. In fact, we often seek out stories and publications
that will support our viewpoints and contentions. And sometimes in
the process of reviewing stories for NewsTrust, we also like to assert the
righteousness of those views and opinions.
We might absolutely agree --or completely disagree -- with the viewpoint or overall ideology expressed in an article. We might believe that, on a particular issue, one publication's got it right while another's got it totally wrong. Or we might even feel that we know far more than the reporter or anyone else who’s reviewed the story knows about the subject matter.
But when these opinions end up in our reviews, are we really rating the journalistic integrity of the article? Or are we instead merely expressing our own ideological viewpoints, as reflected through the very high (five star) or mighty low (one star) ratings we give in our NewsTrust review?
Some of you might answer "absolutely! If the article is presenting an issue in a way that I feel isn't right, then its journalistic integrity is compromised!"
Now, please roll your chair away from the computer for *just* a moment and hold that thought. Is it that you feel the story isn't right because of its political slant, or do you believe it's not right because you know of other stories or sources of information that could counter its main thesis? Do you know for certain that the reporter in question is continually biased on certain matters. Or is it just that this publication leans more toward or away from your own political ideology?
The political position of a publication or ideology of a reporter may not necessarily reflect on the integrity of the journalism. A story may be well-crafted, balanced, supported and meticulously edited — and you still may not like it, simply because it leans one way or another, because it doesn't depict your candidate nicely, or doesn't support your personal viewpoint
Rating the journalistic merit of a story on its political slant isn't the mission nor purpose NewsTrust. Helping people to find and share quality journalism is what we strive to achieve. So, grading a story's value on the political slant of its publication isnt' what we had in mind at NewsTrust, Rather, we are hoping that you, like us, will find that journalistic merit (balance fairness, context, sourcing) are more helpful for understanding the journalistic merit of a news story.
Further reading: Check our Quick Review Tips to find out more about how we evaluate stories for fairness, context, evidence and other core principles of journalism