By Tom Quiner

Do you trust the media?

If you’re like me, you’ll probably say: it depends who is doing the reporting.

Conservatives like Fox News, whose slogan is: “we report, you decide.”

Liberals like Katie Couric who says, “we go beyond the news, we tell you what it means.” Translation: we’re going to slant it.

Liberals also love the New York Times. Let’s look at how the Times approached one aspect of the alleged Arizona assassin, Jared Loughner.

They described him as a pro-life fanatic, quoting a student from one of Mr. Loughner’s classes as follows:

“After another student read a poem about getting an abortion, Mr. Loughner compared the young woman to a ‘terrorist for killing the baby.'”

The same story was covered by ABC News slightly differently:

“One Pima Community College student, who had a poetry class with Loughner later in his college career, said he would often act ‘wildly inappropriate.’

“‘One day (Loughner) started making comments about terrorism and laughing about killing the baby,’ classmate Don Coorough told ABC News, referring to a discussion about abortions. ‘The rest of us were looking at him in shock … I thought this young man was troubled.’

“Another classmate, Lydian Ali, recalled the incident as well.

“‘A girl had written a poem about an abortion. It was very emotional and she was teary eyed and he said something about strapping a bomb to the fetus and making a baby bomber,’ Ali said.”

ABC presents Mr. Loughner as a disturbed young man. The Times presents him as a disturbed pro-life whacko.

The same facts, an entirely different perspective.

Was the Times going out of their way to try to slant the news?

The Society of Professional Journalists subscribes to a Code of Ethics. The following is part of their Code:

— Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

Do you think the mainstream media (MSM) is honoring their Code?



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  1. maxine bechtel on January 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

    IT’S A NO-BRAINER! MSM IS biased and totally UN-objective! There is not much we can believe aside from the time of day and the temp! even the “weather guessers” can’t always get it straight! “:(

  2. Bob Roelf on January 13, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Much of the MSM is without honor or honesty. Below is a quote from James Taranto’s article in todays WSJ.

    “Krugman and his colleagues on the Times editorial board are not skilled enough to be effective liars. That is far from the worst thing you can say about newspapermen. But when did the people who run the New York Times forget that their job–their duty–is to tell the truth?”

  3. Scott on January 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Unfortunately, I think both sides of many issues tend to slant stories in a particular direction to varying degrees. We just tend to be more tolerant when we agree with the slant. I suspect it’s very difficult to put aside one’s personal views when reporting a story. But, it can be done and has been done well by a few journalists over the years.

  4. Rhonda Phillips on January 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Gone are the days, if ever there were any, when reporters wrote the news and that was that. Now they want to tell a story and the more gore, the more atrocious, the more off the wall, translates into readers which translates into big $$$. Look at the tabloids. Haven’t you at least been tempted to open the article from the headlines, “Oprah slabs on 300 lbs in 2 day eating frenzy”. You may not buy the paper but you sure want to take a sneak look at the pictures!
    The LOVE of money is the root of all evil…and there you have the MSM swilling in it..

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