Thursday, April 15, 2010
Are Newspapers Really Fair and Unbiased?
Case in point is tonight’s letter to the editor by the Havre Daily “News” former publisher, Val Murri. Mr. Murri was blasting Jo Jones who had the audacity to write a couple letters to the editor complaining about the Obama administration. Murri went on to point out all the faults of the Bush administration as reasoning to refute Ms Jones points. Take a look at the letter yourselves in tonight’s Havre Daily “News”. We find it quite interesting that “professional” newspaper people actually believe that their political views do not come into play when they are publishing all these “fair and balanced” news stories. If our readers will recall, former Editor Datko was also prone to slanting “news” coverage to reflect her liberal views. Didn’t she immediately join the local democrat team supporting Senator Jon Tester’s campaign when she was sacked at the paper? Haven't many of you had the "news" paper refuse to print your letters to the editor because of some obscure "problem" or another? What about the "I love the pot growers" article by Alice Campbell a few weeks ago that was written as a "news" story?
The Corrector has never claimed that we are not partisan to some degree and we freely admit that we slant the bent of our coverage. We would charge that the local “news” paper does not give the people of Havre any better “fair and balanced” coverage than do any of the scores of political blogs.
Be careful of what you believe to be fact just because you read it in print. That goes for the “real” papers as well as the blogs, this letter to the editor is just another bit of evidence that newspapers are indeed biased.