Washington Post Insider: Colleagues “Cheer Unabashedly for the Democrats”

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on October 5, 2005

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-Read the excerpt below from the Oct. 4, 2005 CyberAlert found at MediaResearchCenter.org.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

“Too often, we wear liberalism on our sleeve and are intolerant of other lifestyles and opinions,” an editor working for the Washington Post’s Sunday “Book World” section charged in a contribution to a daily internal critique of the newspaper quoted by Howard Kurtz on Monday. Marie Arana disclosed that “if you work here, you must be one of us. You must be liberal, progressive, a Democrat. I’ve been in communal gatherings in The Post, watching election returns, and have been flabbergasted to see my colleagues cheer unabashedly for the Democrats.”
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Why should Marie Arana be flabbergasted by her colleagues in the newsroom cheering for the Democrats?


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The media is supposed to conduct themselves in an unbiased manner and not openly display their political preferences. Also, newspapers like the Washington Post pride themselves in being unbiased.