Sunday, July 04, 2004

Orson Scott Card on Media Bias

The article above is a terrific, non-angry take on bias in the media. Card does a superb job of explaining why bias is still present even when there is no lie told in the story. He illustrates his point well with one fictitious paragraph you know you'll never hear:

    "Senator Hillary Clinton (Dem. NY), making no mention of the $100,000 she once made by trading cattle futures with astonishing perfection, told a cheering crowd of activists that Bush's globalist economic policy is hurting poor people in other countries and costing American jobs."

He compares it to this paragraph that appeared in a wire story:

    "Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, making no mention of the prisoner abuse scandal that has led to calls for his ouster, told a cheering crowd of graduating cadets Saturday that they will help win the global fight against terror."

I don't always agree with Card (I say that a lot, don't I?) but this piece is well worth a read.


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