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

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/265904367708827648

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

Strikes me as a breach of the Prime Directive by interfering with the outcome.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 6, 2012

His remark elicited some impassioned responses:

Your responses sharply divided on whether anchors/reporters should urge viewers/readers/listeners to vote. Very sharply divided.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 6, 2012

Indeed. Many agreed with his opinion wholeheartedly:

+1 RT @markknoller Think anchors/reporters out of line in urging people to vote. It’s an individual right you can choose to exercise or not.

— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Good point.

— Victor (@vicnewyork) November 6, 2012

100% Agree MT “@markknoller: anchors/reporters out of line urging people to vote. It’s an individual right u can choose to exercise or not.”

— Chris Cashwell (@ChrisCashwell) November 6, 2012

@markknoller – i completely concur – voting is a right, not a legal duty

— JENNC (@jenchrisconcino) November 6, 2012

This x1000 MT @markknoller: Think anchors/reporters out of line urging people to vote. It’s a right you can choose to exercise or not.

— Leo Shane III (@LeoShane) November 6, 2012

This RT @markknoller Think anchors/reporters out of line urging people to vote. It’s an individual right you can choose to exercise or not

— Adam Henry (@viewofadam) November 6, 2012

[email protected]markknoller Agreed. No need to push the uninterested or uninvolved to vote. If they don’t care, I don’t want their opinion to be counted.

— eaglescouch (@eaglescouch) November 6, 2012

@markknoller hear, hear.

— Howard Brilliant (@HDBtweets) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Well said!

— Declan McCullagh (@declanm) November 6, 2012

While others thought he was completely wrong:

@chrisgeidner @markknoller Ur a turd blossom. It’s a right that is a CIVIL DUTY. Perhaps U don’t know what that means.

— Michael Barber (@Mykelbarber) November 6, 2012

A journalist against free speech? [email protected]markknoller Think anchors/reporters out of line in urging people to vote.

— Adrian Archer (@relapsing) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Which means they can choose to ignore reporters/anchors advice. Doesn’t mean reporters/anchors should stop urging.

— Whitney Bermes (@wabermes) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Where does it stop? Do we not promote breast cancer awareness because it is one’s right to be ignorant of their health status?

— Blaine Stewart (@BlaineStewart) November 6, 2012

@markknoller huh? Anchors tell ppl to watch their shows. That’s an individual choice too and not wrong. Voting in dem process way more imp!

— Anthony Adragna (@aadragna) November 6, 2012

@markknoller That’s irresponsible.Voting is a responsibility of collective democracy.

— Paul Cone (@paulcone) November 6, 2012

“@markknoller: It’s an individual right you can choose to exercise or not. BUT It is also a civic DUTY people died to preserve

— ATP (@ATPJudge) November 6, 2012

@markknoller – So is brushing your teeth, but it’s ultimately best for everybody if you do.

— Micah Clark (@clark_micah) November 6, 2012

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:

@markknoller disagree with you on that notion. Now, if they said who to vote for I would def have a problem #Vote2012 #Decision2012

— socmum16 (@socmum16) November 6, 2012

@markknoller As long as they don’t tell you who to vote for…this is their free speech right…they are in the communication business.

— PJ Graham (@pjRN) November 6, 2012

@markknoller I am okay with it as long as they aren’t telling people who/what to vote for.

— Austin (@austink89) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Anchors/reporters are right to encourage people to vote, not how to vote. Too many people making it difficult to vote. #Vote

— Kristin Smith (@kristin262smith) November 6, 2012

@markknoller As long as they don’t say who to vote for and just to vote in general, I see nothing wrong with it.

— Elaine O’Neill (@Elaine_ONeill) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Encouraging people to vote and telling them how to vote are two very distinct things. No problem whatsoever with the first.

— Dave (@DaveinPAUSA) November 6, 2012

@markknoller Urging users to vote should be bi/un-partisan and done by everyone: reporters, priests, etc. Urging certain votes, no

— trianglman (@trianglman) November 6, 2012

@markknoller freedom of speech & freedom of the press-yes anchors/reporters should be able 2 urge people 2 vote just not which way to vote.

— KD Caulfeild (@KDCaulfeild) November 6, 2012

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

@markknoller I think reporters need to report the news. Chris Matthews has demonstrated he has crossed the line time and again. #NoMoreMSNBC

— Jennifer Cox (@coxettegirl) November 6, 2012

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