Today's BCS story on NPR was nearly 8 months in the making. Yet for all of that time invested, it takes on an anemic "view from nowhere" stance that presents any opinion on a particular issue as equally valid and thus adding no value to actually interpreting the situation.
If in doing the serious work of journalism–digging, reporting, verification, mastering a beat–you develop a view, expressing that view does not diminish your authority. It may even add to it. The View from Nowhere doesn’t know from this. It also encourages journalists to develop bad habits. Like: criticism from both sides is a sign that you’re doing something right, when you could be doing everything wrong.
When NPR forbids its “news analysts” from expressing a view on matters they are empowered to analyze—that’s dumb.
That about sums it up for me. Still, I am glad the media is reporting on this issue. The only way we are going to drive charter school reform is to get a lot more attention from the media on it.