-Read the excerpt below from the "Best of the Web" post by OpinionJournal.com's editor James Taranto.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.
From a post by OpinionJournal.com’s editor James Taranto (original post date 8/23/12):
“NBC News unsuccessfully went back to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to request an interview for this week’s prime-time special on the Mormon faith,” the Associated Press reports:
The newsmagazine’s [“Rock Center”] producers thought it worthwhile to examine the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the eve of one of its members becoming the Republican nominee for president. During the hour, correspondent Harry Smith does a piece on why Mormons are so successful in business and tours a Salt Lake City warehouse where a huge amount of supplies is kept for the needy. . . .
“What we set out to do very broadly is not an hour on Mitt Romney but an hour about the religion that has played a very important role in shaping who he is,” [executive producer] Hartman said Wednesday.
That sounds fine, but do you remember NBC’s 2008 prime-time special exploring the views of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and its pastor, Jeremiah Wright? Neither do we.
1. Read the excerpt below. Why do you think NBC News did not also produced “an hour about the religion that has played a very important role in shaping who Barack Obama is”? Explain your answer.
2. Partisan bias is bias that favors one political party over another. Do you agree with Mr. Taranto’s implication that NBC News displays partisan bias in producing “an hour about the religion that has played a very important role in shaping who [Mitt Romney] is” but not doing the same for President Obama’s church? Explain your answer.