"The idea seems to be that we go out to report but when it comes time to write we turn our brains off and repeat the spin from both sides. God forbid we should...attempt to fairly assess what we see with our own eyes. 'Balanced' is not fair, it's just an easy way of avoiding real reporting and shirking our responsibility to inform readers".
Ken Silverstein of the Los Angeles Times quoted by Michael Massing in The Press: The Enemy Within.
(see also The False Objectivity of Balance, which I was glad to quote in public discussion at IMES)