Saturday, July 26, 2008

All the bias that fits

Kausfiles reports that the LA Times has forbidden its bloggers from so much as mentioning the Sen. Edwards scandal:
In a move that has apparently stirred up some internal discontent, the Los Angeles Times has banned its bloggers, including political bloggers, from mentioning the Edwards/Rielle Hunter story. Even bloggers who want to mention the story in order to make a skeptical we-don't-trust-the-Enquirer point are forbidden from doing so.
In an e-mail, LA Times editor Tony Pierce claims that "we have decided not to cover the rumors or salacious speculations." This, of course, is not really an LA Times policy as is obvious if one looks up the LA Times' treatment of the unsubstantiated rumors that Sen. McCain had an affair. A google search of turns of dozens of mentions of the allegations including, for example, this one, this one, and this one.

RELATED: A Rasmussen poll says 17% still believe that news media try to be unbiased.

UPDATE: PowerLineBlog notes that the NY Times also seems not to be covering the Edwards story either.

UPDATE II: The LA Times may not report on "rumors" but it seems that it does print fake interviews.

UPDATE III: The Sunday Times (UK) has run the Edwards story including a comment about the failure of the US media:
The story has been bubbling away for months, but so far there has been not a word about it in the mainstream newspapers, even though Edwards was John Kerry’s running mate in 2004 and has been tipped for a prominent job in an Obama administration – if not vice-president, then attorney-general or antipoverty tsar.

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