This week the news community has had several discussion on some pretty big issues. But some growing themes I’ve seen are centered around journalist integrity and gun control.
Both of which are issues right now. With BBC editing some of their documentary footage, many readers are become critical of their favorite British news platform.
When it comes to gun control, there is no shortage of news. Obama reached out and stated his opinions on the issue, and since the Oregon shooting there has been an new wave in the movement.
And then...This happened...
PEOPLE Editorial Director Jess Cagle used his Editor's Letter to address the frequency of mass shootings in America, and provided contact info for all the members of Congress to get people reaching out.
He created a mostly celebrity themed news magazine into a political statement. A magazine platform that does have an interest base, but remains pretty much out of the political scene.
They are People magazine. But when it comes down to it aren’t most magazines like this supposed to remain relatively unbiased?
So from this I have two questions for the news community.
Considering how you feel (personally) about gun control, would you consider publishing what this editor did?
Should magazines and news platforms be able to have political opinions?