If a media organization distorts news according to its economical and political interests, we can absolutely be sure that that certain media organization is not reliable. However, if the biased articles of a media organization are classified as “Op-Ed” and there are articles from various opinions, then this should not be labeled as “partisan activism.” In other words, if a media organization has a section in its newspapers named “Op-Ed” articles, I believe these articles should not be considered articles written in order to maintain political and economic insurance. However, if media organizations lie about news, then it is possible to say that they are practicing partisan activism, which is absolutely intolerable.
I believe Op-Ed journalists do not need to reveal their political motivations since it is usually clear from their articles’ content and even if they disclose all their motivations, then no one would be as anxious to read their articles as they used to be. When there is a small portion of inscrutability, people are more curious about the journalists’ motivations. For example, today everybody can say that Yılmaz Özdil from Hürriyet Gazetesi is a nationalist journalist. However, although I am irritated by most of his ideas, when he writes about non-political issues concerning his own background and experiences he is much more tolerable.
However, sometimes media organizations will publish biased news, which is usually understood from the headlines they make for these news. For example, the presidential debate was a great incident to distinguish which media organization was supporting which candidate. Boston Herald said “Four Snore Years” while the Guardian said “Obama and Romney clash over foreign policy in final presidential debate.” The first is an example of biased news while the latter seems to be a neutral headline. What Boston Herald did really moderates people’s opinions about Obama. However, if this headline was written for an Op-Ed article, then I believe it would be appropriate.
In conclusion, if journalism was to be divided into two categories, namely news and Op-ed, I believe the journalists who publish distorted news practice partisan activism while op-ed journalists who publish biased articles are simply conveying their personal opinions. As a result, if an article is op-ed, it should not be shown as a piece of news and classified as opinion editorial. In addition, if a media organization publishes distorted news, the public has the right to know this fact.