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GRADED: Please read the scenario below, and answer its questions:

Your newspaper is publishing a series of feature stories about the Holocaust. While planning the series, one of your editors says: “You know, you might find this hard to believe, but there are lots of people out there who believe that the Holocaust never happened. My brother-in-law actually holds that opinion. I think he’s an obnoxious and stupid individual, but he’s a pretty well respected engineer and people listen to him. In the interest of being objective, shouldn’t we mention that there are people out there that strongly disagree with this historical narrative we’re engaging with here? Maybe we could even include a quote from one of these guys, just to balance out the story a bit. I’m not saying let’s endorse these people’s opinions, but we should acknowledge them. Let’s give our readers both sides of the story, as well as some context, and let them decide who’s right and who’s wrong.” Do you heed his advice?

Take about one page explaining your decision. Then, please discuss that decision in the context of the Unit 2 readings about “objectivity.” Please explicitly refer to at least two of those readings.

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