As House infamously says, “Everybody lies.”
One of the “lies” of journalism is that journos are neutral – they don’t take sides. They are objective.
Realistically objectivity is bullshit.
The difference between a professional journalist and a crazed blogger on a rant is a sense of their own weaknesses and an attempt to be fair.
Think about it – when you tell a story. When you delve deep into an interview to discover your character’s thoughts…you are doing it from the template of your own experiences and life. So your questions are pre-formulated, based on your life experience and what you think your audience wants to or needs to hear.
And from the other side – if you let THEM control the story, you will get their personal take on who they are and what they do – and all the lies they tell themselves.
So a person you see as quiet and mature, may think that they are timid and inept. Or someone you look up to as forceful and decisive may be brutally sadistic, but hide it. And others may see you as what you know you are not…it swings both ways.
Something to mull over as you head out on that next political story or while you’re shooting a rally. How much do you impose your will on reality…