The Seattle Times published an article today, Russia’s Putin: Top goal for journalists is ‘do not offend’.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the most important principle for journalists is to avoid upsetting those featured in their articles and television broadcasts.
Journalists should ensure their work “won’t be offensive to those about whom they do their reports,” Putin said Saturday, according to the TASS news agency.
I did a search on TASS, both the English and Russian language versions (wow, are they different) and could not find the report to which AP and the Seattle Times are referring.
The problem is a journalist has absolutely no obligation, whatsoever, to not offend the subject of their writing. The objective is to disclose the truth. Not to fulfill an agenda set by the journalist, by their editor, or by their publisher. Fair and objective reporting is taught in Journalism 101.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, once again, you are wrong. I do not apologize if that offends you.