Reporter’s opinion

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on January 4, 2012

From a post by’s editor James Taranto (original post date 12/8/11):

Thomas Beaumont of the Associated Press describes a new Mitt Romney campaign ad:

“I’m a man of steadiness and constancy. I don’t think you’re going to find somebody who has more of those attributes than I do,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a new TV ad that included grainy home videos of his wife and five sons. There was no mention of equivocations and policy reversals that his critics have pointed out.

Note what Beaumont did in that last sentence. Just as “some say” is journalese for “I think,” “There was no mention of” means “In my opinion, someone should mention.”

(Read the original post at – scroll halfway down to “Reporter Tricks”)