In pro journalism, American style, the View from Nowhere is a bid
for trust that advertises the viewlessness of the news producer.
Frequently it places the journalist between polarized extremes,
and calls that neither-nor position “impartial.” Second,
it’s a means of defense against a style of criticism that is
fully anticipated: charges of bias originating in partisan
politics and the two-party system. Third: it’s an attempt to
secure a kind of universal legitimacy that is implicitly denied to
those who stake out positions or betray a point of view. American
journalists have almost a lust for the View from Nowhere because
they think it has more authority than any other possible stance.