Bias is Everywhere

Two articles today, one in the Wall Street Journal, another in the New York Times, take up the issue of business anchors, yours truly included, giving their opinions on the air.

I'm not here to talk about my competition. Let them speak for themselves. But let me speak for me. I have no problem ending a show with an opinion. Just like this.

To assume that journalists don't have them is silly. To assume they somehow trivialize what I do is sillier still. And to assume they somehow hide that opinion in what they do is even sillier than that.

Bias is everywhere.

You don't have to say it to see it. I choose not to be coy about it. I choose to tell you what I think, when appropriate, and with facts to back up what I say, as appropriate.

You're free to agree or disagree. And I routinely run letters and e-mails reflecting both. But I think a good hearty discussion beats a simple regurgitation of what we've all seen all day.

Some call it being in your face. To me, it's about getting in your head. There's no added value in telling you what you already know. There is added value in analyzing what you might not. Some say it's bad to go out on a limb. I say it's bad not to.

I hear from many newscasters who pride themselves on their impartiality, yet present broadcasts that are as slanted as hell. I think that's dishonest. And judging from the fact we're now the most watched business show for the first quarter of this year, I respect you enough to see the difference.

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