Streaming issues? Report here
volume_up
volume_mute

Home
arrow_forward
Politics

It's not possible for media to report neutrally, says political analyst

10 January 2019 12:22 PM
Tags:
EFF
ANC
Media
DA
ATM
Journalism
transparency
political affiliation
nuetrality
objectivity
elctions
Should media houses, analysts and reporters disclose their political preferences or should they aim for the ideal of neutrality?

Should journalists, broadcasters, commentators and analysts disclose their political allegiances or should they strive for neutrality?

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser hosted a discussion with commentator JJ Tabane and political analyst Vukani Mde in light of the upcoming general elections.

Read: It's time media treat EFF with more sceptical distance, says journalism prof

Tabane says media practitioners are undeniably imbued with politics but some media jobs (such as reporting) require individual's to separate their political preferences from their work.

In the media space, there are people who are there to report news and people who are there to generate opinion or provoke debate.

JJ Tabane, broadcaster, columnist and commentator

Also read: Sanef: We can't live in a country where journalists are threatened into silence

Mde dismisses the idea of neutrality in journalism and believes that news coverage/selection and reporting is in itself a political exercise.

People who pretend like they don't have political convictions or a politicised identity do so for dishonest reasons.

Vukani Mde, political analyst

Even when we report, and report the facts, that in itself is a political act and an ideologically driven job.

Vukani Mde, political analyst

It's not possible to report neutrally or in a way that is ideologically or politically clean.

Vukani Mde, political analyst

Both guests revealed that they would vote for the ANC in this year's elections and explored the role of the media fraternity in navigating political discourse.

Listen to the engaging debate on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


10 January 2019 12:22 PM
Tags:
EFF
ANC
Media
DA
ATM
Journalism
transparency
political affiliation
nuetrality
objectivity
elctions

More from Politics

191020mmusi

[WATCH] Maimane resigns as DA leader, Trollip follows

23 October 2019 6:22 PM

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has thrown in the towel. He announced his resignation at a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

mmusi-maimane-resignsjpegjpg

READ: Mmusi Maimane’s resignation address

23 October 2019 6:03 PM

Mmusi Maimane resigned as the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191023-mmusi-maimane-edjpg

Mmusi Maimane resigns as DA leader, Athol Trollip confirms party exit

23 October 2019 5:23 PM

Maimane’s resignation comes two days after Herman Mashaba announced his resignation from the party and subsequently as Johannesburg mayor.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191020mmusi

Is DA leader Mmusi Maimane about to quit?

23 October 2019 1:24 PM

“He might have calculated there’s no way out,” says Dr Somadoda Fikeni, a political analyst at Unisa.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

180206bonteheuwelstationjpg

When does a township become a suburb? Bonteheuwel's drive to change perceptions

23 October 2019 7:43 AM

Bonteheuwel Ward Councillor Angus McKenzie is fighting to have the Cape Flats area perceived as a suburb that drives investment.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Herman Mashaba

DA to decide if Herman Mashaba will serve his notice period or get cut loose

22 October 2019 4:55 PM

It's reported that some senior members of the Democratic Alliance want Mashaba's membership terminated with immediate effect.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Eskompresser_0632

Should Pravin Gordhan get more power?

22 October 2019 3:29 PM

The Department of Public Enterprises wants more power to oversee SOEs. Bruce Whitfield interviews Investec’s Nazmeera Moola.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Mkhuleko Hlengwa

'Ministers snubbing Scopa meeting on Eskom debt undermine Parliament'

22 October 2019 1:29 PM

Chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says it is unacceptable for officials not to attend this engagement.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191021balekajpg

'Mbete faced difficult questions. She has done a lot in terms of responding'

22 October 2019 11:00 AM

Xolani Xala (SA Business Abroad) defends his defence of ANC stalwart Baleka Mbete’s "car crash" interview on Al Jazeera.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

screengrab-from-video-courtesy-eliane-jabbourpng

[WATCH] Lebanese protestors sing 'Baby Shark' to comfort frightened baby

22 October 2019 10:14 AM

It was a lighter moment after protests began last week against proposed new taxes and in favour of land reforms.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward