Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Biased or Sloppy?

You make the call. Read this Commercial Appeal story about campaign fundraising in the US Senate race. Note the following passage:
"The Republicans have always had a fund-raising advantage in Tennessee," said Charles Robert Bone, Ford's finance chairman. "Not only are we keeping pace with them, but we're able to raise more than all of them combined."
Not a word about the fact that 60% of Ford's money isn't from Tennessee at all!

Did the reporter not know? Hard to see that if he got his information from the same source and everyone else. And we reported it as much as five days ago.

You're welcome.

Was the reporter under time pressure, and so just wanted a quote to use, regardless of content? Meaning he didn't have the time or inclination to think it through, even though the news is a few days old now?

Who knows? The Commercial Appeal is famous for keeping its reporters behind the one-way glass wall. They can see out; you can't see in. I may have to give him a call and see what's up.

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