NPR and 'Intelligent Design': Skeptical or Credulous?
As a journalist myself, I struggle with the issue of whether news stories should be objective. On the one hand, I believe in having media that explore all sides of an issue -- I don't want to live in a world where liberals get their news from liberal sources, conservatives get their news from conservative sources, and people's opinions and beliefs are never challenged. On the other hand, I think balance is often inserted into a story where it doesn't belong. Intelligent design is a good example of that -- a good journalist, when reporting on intelligent design, needs to make it clear that this is a controversy among people who don't understand science. Among people who do understand science, there's no controversy.
The NPR ombudsman takes a look at how public radio has reported on the issue.