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Bug #35597 closed:unresolved

perceived bias

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This bug appeared in a news report published by The Yaquina Wavelength on Feb 9, 2012 by Editor. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Error of Omission

By recounting a controversial event only from the perspective of the speaker, the story indicates bias. The YW has no corroboration or background on the event, which is somewhat irrelevant to her visit. We are pointed toward sympathy and thinking of her as a victim without any balance. Perhaps the space would have been better spent explaining her position.

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Bug History

Feb 09, 2012 10:08 am Open Anonymous
Feb 16, 2012 9:41 am Open: Under Discussion Alan Searle
Feb 16, 2012 9:41 am Open: Responded To Alan Searle
Apr 17, 2012 9:01 am Closed: Unresolved admin

Discussion Leave a comment

 

This event was well-covered at the time. Here is a link to contemporaneous news coverage: http://www.democracynow.org/2009/5/13/baucus_raucus_caucus_doctors_nurses_and

Noting Flowers' arrest at that event is a way of providing an association for the reader with who she is and why she is well-known.

The purpose of the YW article was to alert readers to Flowers' appearance, not examine arguments for or against single-payer health care, which is outside the purview of a small local publication.

Feb 16, 2012 9:41 am