Including opposing views in a story even when doing so is unnecessary or insensitive or would perpetuate falsehoods, or assuming there are only two sides to a story. Sometimes called bothsidesism. Just as journalists should not default to giving doubters of the scientifically established concept of climate change a platform, they shouldn’t automatically give opponents of LGBTQ rights a voice unless it furthers the understanding of the issue or story. For instance, a story about LGBTQ-related legislation should quote supporters, opponents and possibly the indifferent. A story about an LGBTQ awards ceremony, a hate crime or a person’s coming out usually does not require opposing comment.
Updated December 2021