Bill Clinton Speaks Against Freedom of the Press, Media Yawn

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on February 22, 2006

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-Read the excerpt below from Noel Sheppard's post at newsbusters.org on Feb. 20th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

According to the Daily Times of Pakistan…former President Bill Clinton stated to reporters in Islamabad last Friday that the publishers responsible for the Muslim cartoons that have started riots around the world should be convicted. Yet, despite this call by a former president to limit the freedom of the press, America’s media have paid virtually no attention to Clinton’s declarations.

As reported by the Daily Times: “He [Mr. Clinton] said the people’s religious convictions should be respected at all costs and the media should be disallowed to play with the religious sentiments of other faiths. He said the media could criticise any issue including governments and people, but nobody had the right to play with the sentiments of other faiths.”

…So, according to Clinton, the press don’t have “the right to play with the sentiments of other faiths.” Yet, according to Google news and LexisNexis searches, few if any major American media outlets bothered to report this event.

For those that are interested, BBC Worldwide Monitoring transcribed a Pakistani television report of Clinton”s statements…

For the complete posting, go to NewsBusters.org

Questions

Which two type of media bias best describes the excerpt?


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Answer(s)

Bias by omission and story selection.