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The problem of objectivity

The motto of the Fox News Channel is “We Report. You Decide.” The idea behind the statement is that they are attempting to report the news without bias or prior interpretation. They are claiming objectivity, in the sense of being “without bias or prejudice; detached.” Of course, claims to objectivity are numerous, extending to nearly every side of every debate, whether political, theological, etc.

It is interesting to me that so many people claim to do the impossible. Real objectivity is, generally speaking, beyond our reach. We interpret facts, events, and statements by our preconceived ideas, presuppositions, experiences, and beliefs. Because of that, none of us humans are actually objective. Would ground be gained in the exchange of ideas if we were at least honest about the fact that we held a few coming into it?

My unbiased opinion is yes.

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