Can Journalists Be Objective?

From a New York Times reader letters column about the question “Can Journalists Be Objective?”:

To the Editor:

Re “Journalists Can’t Discard Objectivity,” by Bret Stephens (column, Feb. 10):

I agree with most of Mr. Stephens’s points, but I wish he hadn’t advocated “objectivity” as the way to journalistic reform.

We journalists are human beings before we’re reporters and editors. We’re not recording machines, detached and disinterested. We have values, instilled by the culture and shared by our audience. Our reports are grounded in these values.