In the latest episode of the wonderfully animated lost interview series “Blank on Blank“, 34-year old writer Nora Ephron sat down with interviewer Studs Terkel in 1975 to talk about her new book Crazy Salad, the roles women played in society, how women were portrayed in the media and how she was able to be both a feminist and a journalist at the same time.
You know I have to say that I’ve never believed in objective journalism and no one who is a journalist in his or her right mind does because all writing is about selecting what you want to use. As soon as you choose what to select you’re not being objective. For someone like me who was sympathetic to the women’s movement and was trying to cover it as a journalist, it always seemed that if I wrote the truth about the movement it would somehow hurt it. If you write that the women spent the Democratic convention squabbling among themselves, aren’t you giving people who want to put it down, the ability to say “oh those women you give them a little power and they just behave like cats and dogs toward each other.”