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Fake but Accurate ReportingPosted Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at 9:16 AM
If any of you have read my columns in the T-G over any length of time, you'll notice that this writer has a real pet peeve with media bias, specifically by so-called journalists twisting a story with the careful omission of certain facts while focusing on secondary issues.
That seems to be the case with the coverage of a horrific execution style multiple murder in Newark, NJ where three college students were shot in the back of the head. Blogger Eric Scheie has ripped the mainstream media's coverage to shreds by pointing out which paper reported what.
You see, while one newspaper focused on the lives that were snuffed out, it totally ignores the alleged triggerman. You have to go to another paper before you discover that the suspect was an illegal immigrant who was freed on bail twice this year after being charged with assault and child rape.
Amazing how things like that get left out, isn't it?
Scheie goes into great detail at the above link and does an excellent job of showing exactly how the entire story is not told.
In a related piece. John Leo talks about how a "preferred story line" gets in the way of telling the truth.
If anyone ever starts a museum of horrible explanations, the one-liner by Newsweek's Evan Thomas about his magazine's dubious reporting on the Duke non-rape case-- "The narrative was right but the facts were wrong" --is destined to become a popular exhibit, right up there with "we had to destroy the village to save it."
Both pieces are good reading this morning and food for thought.
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