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Look at all these rumors, started by jealous people

08/05/11

Look at all these rumors, started by jealous people

"Why Did The New York Times Ignore The Biden 'Terrorist' Story?"

Note the question mark in the Newsbusters post's title: this is posed as a question - and clearly one you're supposed to wonder about: Why did the Times ignore Politico's allegation that Biden called the Tea Party "terrorists"? This shouldn't be a mystery, as the question has already been answered by Dick Stevenson, an editor at the New York Times:

Obviously we were aware of the reports that Biden had likened the Republicans to terrorists. But we had no first hand (or even second hand) confirmation, and the vice president's office was disputing that he had said such a thing. We debated whether we needed at least to take account of the controversy, but decided against doing so since we could not establish that Biden had said what was being attributed to him. Maybe there is more to this than we know. But on the face of it, it is a classic example of how what were once pretty clear cut decisions based on well established standards are now complicated by the reality that stories increasingly get injected into the public dialogue quickly and often with minimal journalistic vetting--leaving news organizations at risk of being perceived as deliberately ignoring them if they make a judgment against publishing.

That quote appears in the NewsBusters post.

So what's the right wing shill's beef this time?

Let me just go out on a limb here and assume that the New York Times did nothing to contact the sources in the Politico story. Might that have helped? I have this feeling, and it's just a feeling really, that if this had been V.P. Dick Cheney, they might have at least picked up the phone. What do you think?

That's right, you can prove liberal bias when hypothetically, the media would treat Democrats better.

We know the media is biased against Republicans. Dick Cheney was a Republican, so the media was biased against him. In this case, the media wasn't biased against Biden as they would be against Cheney, therefore proving liberal bias against Republicans.

This circular logic flies in the face of what seems to be a fairly reasonable response from the Times: we didn't run the story because we can't corroborate it. It seems more likely that the NewsBusters crew is pissed off just because the Times passed on a story that might make a Democrat look bad.

  09:01:00 am by Ragamuffin, Categories: Media Bias

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