Accuracy in Media

The New York Times provided cover for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) when he referred to Republicans’ police reform bill as a “token” bill which would allegedly not solve policing issues gripping the country.

Durbin referred to Republicans’ police reform proposal as a “token, half-hearted approach.” His comment offended Sen. Tim Scott, a black Republican from South Carolina.

“I don’t know what he meant, but … those comments again hurts the soul,” Scott said.

Durbin later apologized for his comment, with his office telling the press that “the minute Sen. Durbin heard that he had offended Sen. Scott, he sought him out on the floor and apologized.”

But the New York Times did not cover the controversy, nor did it state why it did not cover the back-and-forth between Durbin and Scott.

Other than the New York Times, the majority of mainstream media outlets covered Durbin’s comment and his apology to Scott, including CBS News, Politico, Fox News and NPR.




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