Eff's Rambles (Archive)

9/28/2004

Pet Peeve: The Arrogance and Disingenousness of Names.

People are aware that names are not always indicative of the "true" biases of the editorial leanings of newspapers, but names for outlets that are about the expression of opinions should, as a matter of ethics, be as reflective of the names as possible. I am tired of going into web pages and chatrooms with general, non suggestive names, only to find clear biases in them. Owners are well within their rights to put out whatever view they want, usually (I think there may be some legal exceptions). But giving a misleading title, one that suggests one's opinions are those of the people, using terms like independent, mainstream, truth, is very arrogant to me.

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