Bias put in 'news' story

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Editor, the Advocate:

I was with Darlene Superville of the Associated Press (Obama tells West Point grads U.S. needs diplomacy, military, Victoria Advocate, Sunday, May 23) through the seventh paragraph of her article. The eighth paragraph begins with "Bush's 'my way or the highway approach alienated some allies and damaged U.S. standing around the world.'" While events of the last year make it very clear that Obama intends to take credit for anything and everything good that happens on his watch and blame President Bush for anything negative, this struck me as a little over the top. So, I went to the Internet and called up the text of Obama's West Point speech. Imagine my surprise when I was unable to find anything in the speech that even remotely resembled the above quoted sentence.

This is clearly just one more example of a reporter injecting her bias into a supposedly objective story. She should be working for the New York Times, where the distinction between the news and editorial pages disappeared more than 30 years ago, apparently never to be seen again. It is interesting that no one on the AP editorial staff saw anything with which to take issue in the article, despite the obvious injection of the reporter's opinion into what purported to be a news article.

Keep it up, AP. As more and more of your newspaper patrons enter bankruptcy, with subscriptions plummeting as subscribers decide they can no longer tolerate blatant bias masquerading as news reporting, you may soon be able to provide us with a first-hand account of the workings of the bankruptcy courts.

Note to the Advocate: That was intended as a hint, and not a subtle one.

Michael C. Notzon, Victoria


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