It’s my belief that the best new year’s resolutions involve making an absolute and emphatic commitment to continue doing something you are already doing and fully intended to continue doing anyway. In that vein, I would like to make one new year’s resolution in respect of this newspaper for the coming year: we will try our best to bring you the truth. It is bizarrely necessary to make this commitment because the idea of "the truth" is heavily under attack from two different — but related — quarters. The first school of thought has it that all journalism is necessarily biased by the predispositions of the journalists involved or because of influence from advertisers or from the innate biases of the market the publications serve — or a combination of all three. I don’t agree. There is a massive difference between the a priori designation of bias and the consequential outcome of a process of understanding. Of course, we are all affected by our predispositions. To elevate this to a gran...

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