Normally, I’m not particularly sensitive to media bias, but the following headline really amused me:
Really, guys, ‘nearly three"? Isn’t that, like: 2? Or 2 1/2? Or even 2 3/4? Shouldn’t that have read:
I have a friend who used to do a lot of media interviews. She reports that 90% of the papers and TV networks she dealt with just published her press release. They did not do any reporting or check facts. They just published what she sent them. She no longer trusts the news because she feels they are doing this all the time — just publishing the propaganda of anyone who sends them stuff. This is not a matter of political bias, according to her, but of laziness.
There were two exceptions:
CNN — According to my friend, CNN was much, much worse. They would come having already decided what they wanted her to say. They would ask her "Do you believe XYZ?" If she said no, they would re ask the question in a dozen different ways. If she said, "I do not agree with XYZ" They would only use the part where she said XYZ and not the part where she disagreed.
The Christian Science Monitor — my friend reported that the Monitor had old fashion reporting. The reporter asked, questions, had an open mind, and wrote a real article…basically did what we expect reporters to do.
Kind of scary, really.