More Accountability Journalism

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on November 25, 2009

An Associated Press dispatch, written by Erica Werner and Richard Alonso-Zaldivar, compares the House and Senate ObamaCare bills. We’d like to compare this dispatch to the AP’s dispatch earlier this week “fact checking” Sarah Palin’s new book. Here goes:

Number of AP reporters assigned to story:

  • ObamaCare bills: 2
  • Palin book: 11

Number of pages in document being covered:

  • ObamaCare bills: 4,064
  • Palin book: 432

Number of pages per AP reporter:

  • ObamaCare bill: 2,032
  • Palin book: 39.3

On a per-page basis, that is, the AP devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That’s what they call accountability journalism.

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Read an analysis of the AP’s fact-checking report on Palin’s book at the Columbia Journalism Review website.