(Lennard 2011) Why I quit the mainstream media

Lennard, Natasha. Why I quit the mainstream media. Salon. 2011 Nov 15. Available from: http://www.salon.com/2011/11/15/why_i_quit_the_mainstream_media/singleton/. Accessed 2012 Mar 19. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/66I4I6glz.

After participating in a panel on left-wing movement strategy hosted by Jacobin magazine, Natasha Lennard was publicly informed by the New York Times that her services as a freelance reporter on Occupy Wall Street would no longer be needed, an outcome she anticipated. In this article Lennard explains and justifies her decision to part company, pointing to a conflict between the objectivity claimed by the mainstream media and the reality that a theoretical framework must always underlie any decision as to what should be reported:

… if the mainstream media prides itself on reporting the facts, I have found too many problems with what does or does not get to be a fact — or what rises to the level of a fact they believe to be worth reporting — to be part of such a machine. Going forward, I want to take responsibility for my voice and the facts that I choose and relay. I want them to instigate change.


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