An accurate description?

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on August 28, 2013

From a post by’s editor James Taranto (original post date 7/1/13):
“The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering after a double lung transplant say she is taking some breaths on her own,” the Associated Press reports from Philadelphia:

The suburban Philadelphia girl suffers from severe cystic fibrosis. She underwent the operation amid a national debate over the organ allocation process.

A “national debate,” eh? And who was on which side in the debate? The AP doesn’t tell us, but as we noted last month, the most prominent public advocate of denying the transplant to the girl, Sarah Murnaghan, was Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Do you think the AP would have settled for an oblique reference to “a national debate” if a Republican official had taken the position that a child should be denied potentially life-saving surgery?