Haraway's idea of the "god-trick" illustrates that science, defined by Merriam Webster's Dictionary as "a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method" (Merriam-Webster), is trying to play the role of God by claiming to be objective in its claimed truths. "Donna Haraway said, 'Science was to perform the "God trick": of speaking authoritatively about everything in the world from no particular social location or human perspective at all'" (Harding 29). Science is not unbiased because it is performed and authored by biased people. Science tries to popularize the belief that it can see from "nowhere", it is unbiased, or rather it can see from all perspectives that allow it to see from infinite vision. However, it is impossible to see from "nowhere" or see from all perspectives and therefore be objective. "Objectivity is about limited location and situated knowledges, not about transcendence and splitting of subject and object" (Haraway 190). The idea of wanting to discover or wanting to know, is clearly demonstrated in the traditional outline of the scientific method which illustrates a hierarchical view of which the subject, the scientist, is acting on an object, typically an oppressed group. Haraway is stating with objectivity, hierarchy cannot exist. The subject must be able to look through all the "lenses", see all the angles possible to analyze another subject, not an object, of which must be able to do the same thing of the subject analyzing it.
Keith Olbermann, from the Countdown of MSNBC, criticized Ted Koppel stating, "No journalist is truly unbiased and calling Koppel a "false priest worshiping before the false god of utter objectivity" (Papenfuss 2010). See Below Link.
Papenfuss, Mary. Olbermann Rips Koppel as 'False Priest of Objectivity'. Newser Read Less Know More. Newser, LLC. Nov 16, 2010.
YouTube Video of Special Comment Below.
Within his Special Comment, Olbermann stated that "journalism of the television era was neutrality and objectivity and not subjective choices... Today, dangerous evaluations and even commentary are made in which you eventually leave the door open to pointless worship to the temple of a false god and once you get a false god you get false priests..." (Olbermann MSNBC), A.K.A. Koppel.
Can journals really be objective in their reports and articles like Olbermann said some past journalists have been? Why do you think journalists, politicians, and other "known" public figures claim objectivity? Outline what you think is the major player in their claims. What are some other examples in which people demonstrate this "false god" or "false priest" role?