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This is Journalism?

June 2, 2010

 We don’t understand. We’ve tried and tried and just can’t fathom it. How is this right? How is it fair?

It’s the New York Post and its political coverage. Routinely for weeks now, the Post will ridicule the Republicans and treat the Cuomo candidacy as if it can do no wrong.

The latest example is in today’s paper – a report from the GOP convention, which was mocked as a “Gathering of Pandemonium … beset by disorder and infighting not seen in more than a decade.” 

Rick Lazio was described as “bumbling.”  Steve Levy was described as “bombastic.” And Ed Cox was described as “incompetent.” 

Keep in mind that this was a NEWS article.

Now consider the Post’s coverage of the Democratic convention last week. The same team of reporters described a poignant “father-son moment like no other in New York history.”  Andrew Cuomo was described as “popular…overwhelmingly favored” and has having “famous flair.”  Mario Cuomo was described as “an icon for principle and integrity in public service.” 

We understand when the Post goes on a crusade over an issue. In fact, we think the newspaper did a hell of job covering the charter schools issue, which we agree is critical to education reform. But in this situation, the Post appears to be choosing sides in an election, and they’re not even giving the Republicans a chance. 

Here at our humble, little blog, we think that’s wrong. This is not the way it’s supposed to work. Both parties must be held to the same standard. Period.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 2, 2010 1:42 PM

    Naiveté does not become you. You all have been around this town for years, but you expect us to believe you just started reading the New York Post and Fred Dicker. Of course, you are right about what journalism should be. But the Post abandoned those principles many years ago. Now, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hold them to account on a regular basis. And I applaud you for doing that. It’s just not as effective if you pretend this is some deviation from prior practice. And, re charters, are you saying that you don’t mind them twisting the facts if you agree with their goal? If you are for standards, you have to stand for them all the time, not when it’s convenient.

    • June 2, 2010 3:20 PM

      Dear Anon:

      You’re right.

      We can’t sanction their approach when we agree with its outcome, and decry it when we don’t.

      We tried to make a distinction between reporting on issues and reporting on individuals, but in retrospect, that distinction seems forced and artificial.

      In the end, bias is bias and should be identified as such.

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. We’ll try to keep them in mind in the future.

      – NT2

  2. mark Keister permalink
    June 2, 2010 2:10 PM

    YELLOW JOURNALISM was started in NYC . . . To think Rupert has no agenda behind his minions is indeed naive!

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