Accuracy in Media

Many years ago my father while attending a shareholders meeting of The Washington Post Company asked then chairman Katherine Graham how many conservatives worked at the Post and could she name just one for the record.  Mrs. Graham claimed that there indeed were conservatives working at the paper but declined to name any.  This led my father to conclude that if there were any they must remain closeted in their beliefs if they wanted to maintain their employment.

Fast forward to today.  The New York Times reported yesterday that jury selection in the Scooter Libby trial has taken longer than expected because potential jurors has strong negative feelings about the Iraq War, President Bush and Vice-President Cheney for whom Libby worked. 

One potential juror with strong negative feelings though just happened to be a reporter for; you guessed it, The Washington Post.  According to the Times she told the judge that as a journalist she would like to think that she could set aside her personal feelings and concentrate on the facts of the case as a journalist should. 

But her feelings for Mr. Cheney run so strong that she said that she didn’t trust him and would have a hard time believing anyone associated with him.

To top it off she also told the judge that she is a “gossip” and would have a hard time not talking about the case to her Post colleagues or her boyfriend who also happens to be a Post reporter.

The judge readily dismissed her as a juror, but this episode begs the question that can a reporter put aside personal feelings and write an objective story based on the facts? Especially on controversial or hot button topics.  After what this reporter told the judge I would have a hard time believing anything she wrote.

And who says there is no such thing as liberal media bias?

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