Accuracy in Media

When a news organization wants to be fair and balanced, the little things matter. Little things like not publishing photo credits that parrot liberal talking points, like this one in The Washington Post.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air calls it “almost literally the picture of media bias in reporting. … That’s an objective caption?  It should read, ‘Rep. Larry Kissell explains his position on health-care reforms to his North Carolina constituents,’ since that appears to be what the picture depicts.”

He is absolutely right. I spent 14 combined years of my career at both National Journal and Congressional Quarterly, where this kind of sniper journalism was not tolerated.

We weren’t even allowed to use the word “reform” at CQ when I covered the health-care debate in 1993-94 because the word implies that something is bad and needs changed. It gives credence to one viewpoint in the debate. We used phrases like “health-care overhaul” or the even more generic “health-care legislation.”

Hopefully the Post will answer the valid criticism from conservatives like Ed, Jim Geraghty (also a CQ alumnus) and Tim Graham of Newsbusters by changing the cutline.

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