Jack R. Censer


On his book On the Trail of the D.C. Sniper: Fear and the Media

Cover Interview of April 11, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The media through a story of no political sides”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The impact of a media inclined to propagate fearful reporting can be problematic in a nation in which fear is so casually used to political and commercial advantage.”

On the second:

“Objective knowledge is not really attainable for complicated issues.  As a substitute, the press tries to meet the goal of objectivity by simply showing “both” sides—even if one or even both of these sides have only a vague claim to fairness.”