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March 24, 2005

Double-Shot Thursday For Media Bias

The New York Times and LA Times both discount the opinion of Dr. Cheshire, who argues on behalf of sparing Terri's life, because he's "pro-life." The NYT quotes another doctor, a Dr. Cranston, calling him a "bogus, a pro-life fanatic."

The Times leaves something out of its fair-and-unbiased reportage:

It turns out Dr. Cranford has been a speaker for the Hemlock Society, which is a doctors group affliated with End of Life Choices a pro-euthanasia group.

As Marion Ravenwood said, "Must've slipped his mind."

Meanwhile, Pundit Guy wants to know why the media keep using old, boyish pictures of America's newest Mass Murderer, displaying him a cheerful cherub, when more recent (and accurate pictures) make him look like, well, a potential mass-murderer.

Is this just part of the media's bias in favor of sensationalism? "Killer Kid" is more interesting than "Killer High School Loser"?

Or does the media want to remind you: This could be your child, this little fresh-faced tyke, unless we impose much stricter gun-control laws?

It could be either.

Either way, though, the more recent pictures are more accurate, and I don't see any reason to continue displaying him as a cherub.


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