A reporter for the Atlanta Progressive News was fired recently for a surprising reason:
“At a very fundamental, core level, Springston did not share our vision for a news publication with a progressive perspective. He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News.”
-APN editor Matthew Cardinale
This is a very silly way of going about being a journalist. If there really are multiple realities based on individuals’ perception, then what is the point of doing journalism anyway? If everyone’s “different realities” both exist and are equally valid, wouldn’t the faux-reality of the Atlanta Progressive News (including the editorial policy in question) be just as vacuous as the ‘parallel reality’ of a sandwich-board-wearing crazy homeless guy?
Journalists are supposed to get as close to an objective reality as possible, and to separate fact from fiction. But if there’s no way to separate the two since there’s no objective reality in the first place, then journalism has no real purpose. It’s just a matter of being noisy and opinionated and organized and has nothing to do with actual facts at all. And now some guy is losing his job over that.