Can real journalist ever be objective? I don’t think so. A recent article in nytimes explores real journalist’s identity as being a thin line between journalism and activism, vis-a-vis Glen Greenwald, who broke the story on secret government program on domestic and international phone tapping. Another example of a real journalist (who is not neutral, and rightly so) is P. Sainath. Here is a video where Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at UT Austin, talks about P. Sainath in his journalism class. The documentary, Nero’s Guest, is a summary of Sainath’s work on Indian farmer’s suicides, caused mostly by neo-libral policies adoped by India in late 90s.
In this informative panel discussion Prof. Sanjay Reddy talks about the need for economic theories to catch-up with empirical observations on explaining the global poverty and inequality, especially in large developing countries like India and China. He also stresses the need to understand the underlying mechanism that lead to inequality, based on realistic models (and not some toy model, lacking any realistic observations, of which there seems to be a quite a few in the field of economics). Click on the image below for his talk.
You can also find an introduction to Prof. Sanjay Reddy’s background here.