Bi­ased re­port­ing

Whanganui Chronicle - - Opinion -

Chron­i­cle colum­nist Rachel Rose at­tempted to dis­cuss some prob­lems in the news me­dia last Satur­day.

She rightly pointed to some of the overblown lan­guage used and what is of­ten a pre­pon­der­ance of opin­ion over facts.

She failed to point to the be­hav­iour of many in the me­dia, par­tic­u­larly in the United States, who have re­placed jour­nal­is­tic

re­port­ing of the news with par­ti­san po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing.

When we look at the tele­vi­sion news, pick up a news­pa­per or look at on­line news, we are not par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in whether the jour­nal­ists like or dis­like the peo­ple they are re­port­ing on. We are in­ter­ested in the facts — the bal­anced, un­bi­ased re­port­ing of the news.

Okay, we get it — many peo­ple in the me­dia do not like US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. We get their dis­like stuffed down our throats at ev­ery pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity, while the facts of the news are twisted or sim­ply un­re­ported.

K A BENFELL Gonville — Edited

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