Accuracy in Media

The New York Times has been roundly criticized for decades for marginalizing or minimalizing scandals that could negatively affect liberal or progressive politicians, figures, and causes. The latest example of liberal media bias at the newspaper is their coverage of the arrest of Ed Buck.

The Times tweeted out that Buck was “a small-time Democratic donor and political activist” after he was arrested and charged for providing methamphetamines, which led to a man’s almost-fatal overdose. The man survived and told police that Buck was the one who administered the drugs. Buck allegedly operated a drug house, which not only resulted in one almost-fatal overdose, but the death of two other men the last two years. Most, if not all, of Buck’s victims were gay men.

However, the newspaper was inaccurate in reporting Buck’s role as a Democratic Party donor. The Daily Wire reported that Buck “donated at least $100,000 to Democrat candidates and groups over the past decade.” Fox News also reported that “Buck also contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to the Obama presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.”

It calls into question what the New York Times considered a “small donor,” as forking hundreds of thousands of dollars to a political party is hard to do for most Americans. For example, the USA Today reported that median American household income was $63,179 in 2018. Meaning, at least half of Americans, if not more, could not afford to donate at least $100,000 to a political party like Buck did for many years.

The New York Times should be honest and accurate in its reporting, even if it portrays a political party in a negative light. After all, the mainstream media should be focused on reporting the facts and not their own political opinions.

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