CBS’ Mark Knoller: Whether citizens vote is none of reporters’ business

Knoller, who has built a reputation as a solid reporter, asserted that it’s not objective reporters’ place to push people to vote.

His remark elicited some impassioned responses:

Indeed. Many agreed with his opinion wholeheartedly:

While others thought he was completely wrong:

Others still made clear that while the media should not necessarily refrain from urging citizens to vote, they should absolutely not inject their voting preferences into their reporting:

Unfortunately, that’s wishful thinking at this point. Media lapdogs crossed that bridge a long time ago.

  • Scott

    Dont vote? DONT BITCH

  • MarcoAurelius

    Now the mainstream media has qualms over bias and thinks that not urging people to vote shows objectivity? That’s like Jeffrey Daumer taking an anti-jaywalking stance because he wants to show how law abiding he was.

  • http://twitter.com/BlissDesignz Tabitha Taylor

    “voting is the responsibility of a collective democracy” <— And THAT is the problem here. We aren't based on the law of Marx, but that of God. We are a constitutional republic & people are voting in elections that are oblivious to that fact. If they don't even understand what our governmental foundation is I highly doubt they understand the difference between the two..God help us!

  • http://twitter.com/BlissDesignz Tabitha Taylor

    “voting is the responsibility of a collective democracy” <— And THAT is the problem here. We aren't based on the law of Marx, but that of God. We are a constitutional republic & people are voting in elections that are oblivious to that fact. If they don't even understand what our governmental foundation is I highly doubt they understand the difference between the two..God help us!

  • detroit19

    Best tweet? ‘No need to push the UNINTERESTED or UNINVOLVED to vote. If they don’t care, I don’t want their opinioncounted.’. Think k about that for a moment

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      ^this. I think this is very important since the Founders wanted an informed electorate with independent unbiased information.

    • Kate

      Agreed. I hated submitting my absentee ballot knowing that some uninformed moron will cancel out my vote.

  • detroit19

    Best tweet? ‘No need to push the UNINTERESTED or UNINVOLVED to vote. If they don’t care, I don’t want their opinioncounted.’. Think k about that for a moment

  • wbmccl

    Voting on the ballot is not the only way to vote, and a choice not to participate in the election of candidates you do not support, do not know enough about, or do not care enough about is as good a choice as any other. Pushing people to vote is the same as telling them who to vote for – taking the choice of their hands.

  • wbmccl

    Voting on the ballot is not the only way to vote, and a choice not to participate in the election of candidates you do not support, do not know enough about, or do not care enough about is as good a choice as any other. Pushing people to vote is the same as telling them who to vote for – taking the choice of their hands.

  • Jim Wafwot

    Hey Mark… Sounds like voter suppression by suggesting to vote or not.

  • Peyton

    “Interfering with the election outcome” brought to you by one of the hypocrites who held all of the Obama interview tape until Sunday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.albana.7 Jenny Albana

    Very true. A free person cannot be coerced to vote, and a free person who can be persuaded HOW to vote by a member of the media probably shouldn’t bother.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.albana.7 Jenny Albana

    Very true. A free person cannot be coerced to vote, and a free person who can be persuaded HOW to vote by a member of the media probably shouldn’t bother.