What does it mean for a journalist to be “disinterested”? What is the purpose of maintaining a disinterested stance for journalism as a profession? Is there a time when journalists should break with disinterestedness as a value and voice an opinion?
These are the questions that Howard Gardner asks in a new blog post via his series The Professional Ethicist, hosted at The Good Project. Gardner concludes that, “in extreme cases, professionals should be prepared to drop their disinterestedness, explain why they are doing so, and seek to return to professional disinterestedness as soon as possible.” He uses the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump as a case study for this theory.