Josie Duffy Rice’s twit got 197 hearts and 73 retwits. By any empirical measure, she won.
In response, Josie twitted: “you’re making things mutually exclusive that aren’t.” That’s kinda true, but not really. There will be times, circumstances, when the two overlap, but that doesn’t change the job.
What this comes down to can be characterized as honest journalism versus advocacy journalism. The former was once fashionable, but the latter has captured the media by empowering journalists to vent their feelings where once they were constrained by facts. Denying facts, distorting them to convey the message in which they believe, has become a perfectly legitimate way of reporting the news.
The difference, however, can be characterized differently.
Facts are objective.
Truth is subjective.
Each of us finds our own truth in the facts, based on how we interpret them and whether we want to go where the facts lead or lead the facts to where we want to go. But if we can no longer trust journalists to give us facts, and instead accept their truth in its place, then there is no hope of deciding for ourselves what our truth is, what we believe to be true.
Speaking truth to power is an alluring phrase. Can we trust the sensibilities of journalists enough that we will let them tell us what our truth should be? Can we trust anyone that much? Would we ever want to? No.