The Press as Custodian of Fact

Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman

in The Press Effect

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152777
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833900 | DOI:
 The Press as Custodian of Fact

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The custodianship of fact should be the role that undergirds journalism. All too often, reporters allow the frames of their stories to shape the facts, instead of the other way around. The press has a responsibility to adjudicate factual disputes among political actors, even at the risk of charges of bias. The chapter offers a series of recommendations that would guide journalists toward fulfilling this role.

Keywords: bias; fact; factual disputes; framing; journalism; political actors

Chapter.  12212 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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