of all places, in the NYT, is an insightful Op-Ed piece on the media's
bias in reporting. Selective coverage is only one symptom: placement of
stories and pieces, choice of persons to interview, and the language and
terminology used, all reveal a newspaper's or blog's priorities. Bias
determines coverage as much as anything else, and it is nearly
impossible to find any old-style journalism (just
the facts, no interpretation or twist). Reporters interviewing other
reporters, as though they were the newsmakers or experts, does little
more than add bias to bias, rather than the simple reportage of events.
"We give you the news behind the news," one network boasts, but it is
plain to see tthat what they all give us is merely what they want the
news to be, not as it is. Never was the old saying more true: caveat
emptor. When receiving the "news" today, let the buyer beware of blind
spots and pet issues.