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As Journalists Scramble To Cover George Floyd Protests Fairly, Questions About Objectivity Arise

Protest organizer Keji Akinmoladun, center, is consoled after a protester is arrested during the early stages of the protest Saturday.
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In Kansas City, Missouri, someone lit a 41 Action News vehicle on fire during protests against the killing of George Floyd. Journalists in other cities were beaten, pepper-sprayed, and arrested alongside other members of the public.

What are journalists' responsibilities to the public in times like this? Is being objective even a realistic goal? The Media Critics are in.

While covering national protests against police violence, journalists have been attacked and arrested in recent weeks.

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