-Read the excerpt below from "Unfair Coverage" posted at BehindtheHeadlines.net.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.
From a post at BehindtheHeadlines.net by Mark Hyman (original post date 3/5/13):
The New York Times drives the US news cycle.
With that as background, we analyzed how the New York Times covered George Bush and Barack Obama on two similar issues.
The Times relentlessly criticized Bush on what it refers to as torture: Operating the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. And water boarding.
Now water boarding may be unpleasant but no one dies or is injured. It’s not torture. If it were then there should be criminal charges rising from the 25,000 U.S. servicemen and women who’ve been water boarded as part of their POW training.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the New York Times has published about 200 articles, editorials and letters attacking Bush over torture.
It’s a different story regarding Obama and drone strikes that have killed thousands of suspected terrorists and civilians. Obama personally approves many drone strikes – including those that killed three Americans — one a teenage boy. Hundreds of innocent civilians — including women and children — killed in drone strikes are considered collateral damage.
In contrast to the 200 stories on Bush, the New York Times published less than a dozen on Obama. And some offered favorable coverage.[In mid-2004, the newspaper’s then public editor (ombudsman), Daniel Okrent, wrote an opinion piece in which he said that The New York Times did have a liberal bias in coverage of certain social issues…and he did state that the paper’s coverage of the Iraq war was insufficiently critical of the Bush administration.]
Comments made by news organizations admitting they report or ignore issues by following the New York Times:
1. What type of bias does the BehindtheHeadlines excerpt illustrate?
2. Why do you think the New York Times editors chose to criticize President Bush’s treatment of terrorists at Gitmo but not criticize President Obama’s treatment of terrorists in which he authorized killing them with drone attacks?
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.
1. The excerpt illustrates bias by story selection and omission.
2. Opinion question. Answers vary.