-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 question.
From a post by OpinionJournal.com’s editor James Taranto (original post date 1/5/12):
Two Papers in One!
(Read the original post at opinionjournal.com – scroll halfway down to “Two Papers in One”)
1. What is a recess appointment?
2. How did the New York Times view each President’s recess appointments?
3. Define double-standard.
4. Do you think the New York Times displayed a double standard in reporting on recess appointments made by President Bush and President Obama? Explain your answer.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.
1. A recess appointment is the appointment, by the President of the United States, of a senior federal official while the U.S. Senate is in recess. The U.S. Constitution requires that the most senior federal officers must be confirmed by the Senate before assuming office, but while the Senate is in recess the President often acts alone by making a recess appointment. To remain in effect a recess appointment must be approved by the Senate by the end of the next session of Congress, or the position becomes vacant again; in current practice this means that a recess appointment must be approved by roughly the end of the next calendar year. Recess appointments are authorized by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution (From wikipedia)
2. President Bush’s recess appointments were viewed by The New York Times as a “disturbing” use of his power. President Obama’s appointments were viewed in a very positive way – that he acted presidential, he took initiative, he was the leader.
4. Opinion question. Answers vary.