Tom sent along a link to Independent World Television, who has a grand plan to create “the world’s first global independent news network”. That sounds a lot like WikiNews, but the more the merrier, as far as I’m concerned. Here’s the blurb:
We need a news and current affairs network that defends the public interest and the highest standards of journalism. Independent World Television will be such a network, a non-profit broadcast service financed by viewers across the globe–independent of corporate or government funding and commercial advertising.
They’ve got an informative short video about their idea. The video demonstrates a strong liberal bias–it’s full of left-wing pundits, they demonize FOX News, and their finance show is called ‘Follow the Money’. Their blog applauds Jon Stewart and has an anti-corporate slant.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I still think journalistic objectivity is worth aspiring for. Shouldn’t the world’s first global independent news network strive for unbiased reportage? These guys haven’t posted their first story yet, but already I fear they’re going to be as left-wing as FOX News is right-wing.
So, IWTV, I ask you: what are your politics? Do you value objectivity? What safeguards will you have in place to ensure balanced reporting? I support your effort, but I think these are important questions. If you want my $50, I’d be curious about the answers.