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mhollis Donating Member (88 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-04 09:01 AM
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5. Media Bias Alert
(Surely this will begin to be seen as an over-used title.)

We're not covering the facts, we're covering a "debate" that has been effectively sidetracked off the issues (which Bush cannot convincingly run on) to issues of personality and allegations of character flaws.

We're also actively pandering to the Republican propaganda machine.

Here's another forinstance:

Producer required to find anti-environmentalists

I wandered into one of our Avid editing rooms and saw a piece being produced by our news organization on the result of Bush placing timber and mining lobbyists in charge of our National Parks. One helicopter shot shows the results of clear-cutting a mountainside -- not a single tree left standing for miles. I asked the producer how things were going and she told me that the executive producers of this highly-rated television news program (not magazine) were requiring her to find a pro-Bush viewpoint. She had pretty much (and reasonably so) concluded, based on the footage, the results of the interviews and the research she had done, that the Bush record is indefensible.

We are told to find an opposing point of view because that is now considered "balanced reporting." What?!

So, does this mean we need to seek out Chechen rebels to explain why they bombed two airliners in Russia last week? You know, to make the report "balanced."

It's our job to report the news, not try to allow someone to spin it.
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