Take the time to read this column. It strongly supports my call for more ideological diversity in the newsroom. The author points out three (admitted) errors published on the front page of the L.A. Times. He notes that all three carry the same ideological bent. He then makes my oft-cited point:
All humans have opinions and beliefs, and with them come ideological blind spots. Most people are better at catching errors when the errors conflict with their own point of view. Journalists are no different. This is why newspapers should strive to have a mix of viewpoints in the newsroom. If The Times staff reflected a wider variety of political perspectives, the errors cited above might never have appeared.
Someone explain to me (without the usual knee-jerk referral to Fox News, please) what’s wrong with this suggestion?
By the way, props to the L.A. Times for publishing the column. That’s a move in the right direction.