Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Montana columnist schools media on biased reporting

It takes someone, a real journalist, from way outside of the beltway to spot media bias and blow the whistle.

Oh, I have no regrets over my blog post titled, "The media is the enemy of the American people."

None.

From Frank Miele of the Daily Inter Lake:
I'll provide a few examples to demonstrate how the reporter inserted personal opinions into a news story, and how easy it was for me as editor to correct them.

The lead of the story was as follows:

"A beleaguered Donald Trump sought to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election on Saturday, pressing unsubstantiated claims the contest is rigged against him, vowing anew to jail Hillary Clinton if he's elected and throwing in a baseless insinuation his rival was on drugs in the last debate."

There are three major examples of bias in this one sentence, which would have been fine if the reporter was supposed to be writing an opinion piece, not a news article. I'm sure I don't have to explain this to my readers, but apparently the trained journalist who wrote the story (and her editors) were completely oblivious to the difference between a fact and an opinion.
Miele points out that it would have been better for the "reporter," who he didn't name, but I will--Jill Colvin of AP--should have said that Trump in fact "questioned" the electoral process. As for the "unsubstantiated" claims, according to whom? The Democratic National Committee? And who says the Trump claim that Clinton was on drugs--that may have been a joke--was baseless? The Clinton campaign?

On Sunday Derek Hunter of Townhall wrote, "The media needs to be destroyed." That may be a bit harsh, but most of the media needs to be replaced. But not Frank Miele.

2 comments:

Holding My Nose said...

The self-anointed conservative punditry by and large also needs to be destroyed. They have sold their fungible "conservative principles" to their pay masters and joined the effort to destroy the only candidate who may possibly put a crimp in the plans of the globalist elites.

John Ruberry said...

Myself excluded?