11 April, 2021

Lester Holt Needs To Retire—Forcibly If Necessary

NBC News Anchor: ‘Fairness Is Overrated’ | The Daily Wire

“Decisions to not give unsupported arguments equal time are not a dereliction of journalistic responsibility or some kind of agenda. In fact, it’s just the opposite,” Holt said. “Providing an open platform for misinformation, for anyone to come say whatever they want, especially when issues of public health and safety are at stake, can be quite dangerous. Our duty is to be fair to the truth. Holding those in power accountable is at the core of our function and responsibility. We need to hear our leader’s views, their policies, and reasoning. It’s really important. But we have to stand ready to push back and call out falsehoods.”

The problem is when those who are “holding those in power accountable” are the sole arbiters of what are “unsupported arguments”. Holt seems not to realize that deciding that an argument is “unsupported” is not the role of a news organization. That is a chilling viewpoint, and it reeks of propaganda.

Holt needs to retire. If he truly believes what he said, he is completely incapable of doing his job.

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