“I think it’s become clear that fairness is overrated … the idea that we should always give two sides equal weight and merit does not reflect the world we find ourselves in.” — NBC Anchor Lester Holt, receiving an award at the 45th Murrow Symposium

“In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.” – Walter Cronkite, CBS anchor from 1962-1981

Even an elementary school age girl or boy would frown or even start crying upon hearing that fairness is overrated.

One of the first acts of rebellion for any daughter or son is to simply state: “That’s not fair!”

Did Walter Cronkite just turn over in his grave? Would Edward R. Murrow agree that fairness and objectivity are overrated?

Wonder what the two CBS legends would think about the present state of American Journalism, let alone Holt’s iconic predecessors NBC anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley?

Holt’s left-of-center colleague to also sit in the NBC News anchor chair, Brian Williams, would no doubt agree with his sentiments that liberal journalists do not have any obligation whatsoever to be fair, balanced, objective and professional to both Democrats and Republicans.

Considering that Republicans have greater appeal to the working-stiff, rank-and-file in the fly-over states and Democrats have become the party of bigger more obtrusive government and coastal elites, are liberal media now serving as the Praetorian Guard of the “Common Good” as the term is defined?

Almost DailyBrett knows that public trust in this era of pontificating and bloviating “interpretive” and “analytical” media is flowing downward to the right. Is Lester Holt suggesting more of the same just as long as Nielsen ratings entice advertisers?

Whatever happened to fair play?

Is Holt sending a message to working “journalists” and university communication schools that using a left-learning political weather vane to decide whether to lightly cover or totally ignore the latest Andrew Cuomo or Hunter Biden outrage/dalliance is acceptable professional practice?

The Sun Is A Fact, Not A Story

“That the sun sets in the west is a fact. Any contrary view does not deserve our time or attention. Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of journalistic responsibility or some kind of agenda, in fact, it’s just the opposite.” — Holt justifying his “fairness is overrated” dog whistle to fellow left-wing journalists

Please stop insulting our collective intelligence. Enough with the arrogance.

The sun rising in the east and setting in the west is a fact, not a story. There are no sides. Journalism is not required.

Joe Biden’s call to raise corporate taxes to 28 percent, triggering the offshoring of overseas profits, is a legitimate public policy story. There are indeed two sides and they deserve equal-and-fair coverage. There are those who always resort to tax increases because that’s their automatic answer for any and all issues. There are those who favor free enterprise, fair trade and open markets.

At the expense of dating your author, Almost DailyBrett is certain that Walter Cronkite would demand of the CBS Evening News team that fair shots be afforded to both sides of the tax-and-spend dispute. The network would not simply take the side with those who just want more punitive taxation income redistribution to fund even more government with no regards to the $28 trillion in escalating public debt.

Yes, Donald Trump’s behavior was/is embarrassing to Republicans. The same is true with Gavin Newsom, Hunter Biden and Andrew Cuomo to Democrats. Is it fair to intensely cover the former and ignore the latter?

Sorry Lester, fairness will never be overrated. Even elementary school children know that.

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/nbcs-lester-holt-urges-journalists-to-ditch-objectivity-fairness-is-overrated/

https://www.foxnews.com/media/nbc-news-lester-holt-truth-fairness-overrated

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/545803-lester-holt-warns-media-against-giving-a-platform-for-misinformation

https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-carlson-lester-holt-fairness