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Monday, June 26, 2006

Media bias

Here is some food for thought on bias in the media.
Two boys in Boston were playing baseball when one of them was attacked by a rabid coyote. Thinking quickly, the other boy ripped a board off a nearby fence, wedged it into the animals mouth and twisted it, breaking the coyote's neck.

A newspaper reporter from the Boston Herald witnessed the incident and rushed over to interview the boy. The reporter began entering data into his laptop, beginning with the headline:" Brave Young Red Sox Fan Saves Friend from Jaws of Vicious Animal."

"But I'm not a Red Sox fan," the little hero interjected.

"Sorry" replied the reporter. "But since we're in Boston, Mass, I just assumed you were." Hitting the delete key, the reporter began: "John Kerry Fan Rescues Friend from Horrific Animal Attack."

"But I'm not a Kerry fan either," the boy responded.

The reporter said, "I assumed everybody in this state was either for the Red Sox or Kerry or Kennedy. What team or person do you like?"

"I'm a Texas Rangers fan and I really like George W. Bush," the boy said.

Hitting the delete key, the reporter began again: "Arrogant Little Conservative Dirtbag Kills Beloved Family Pet."


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