Media Ignore Baseball Charity Called “Strikeouts For Troops”

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on October 4, 2006

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-Read the excerpt below from Noel Sheppard's post at newsbusters.org on Sept. 22nd.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the question.

Imagine if you will a group of Major League Baseball’s top stars getting together to donate money for Iraqi citizens injured during the war, or for Lebanese civilians injured as a result of the recent bombings by Israel. Do you think America’s media would pay a lot of attention to such a charity? Probably every hour on the hour, right?

Well, at the beginning of the 2005 season, Cy Young award winner Barry Zito started a charity to raise money for American soldiers being treated at various military hospitals such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. In the past couple of years, he and other stars like Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Chipper Jones, Jermaine Dye, Tim Hudson, and Dontrelle Willis have contributed several hundred thousand dollars to Zito’s “Strikeouts For Troops.”  And yet, in the eighteen months since its creation, virtually no media outside of the San Francisco Bay Area where Zito plays and lives have bothered to report the existence of this marvelous charity….

For the complete report, go to NewsBusters.org.

 

 

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