Friday, March 26, 2004

Kerry Proposes Tax Plan to Address Jobs Moving Overseas
This is what the WaPo says: "After several weeks of negative television advertisements portraying him as a tax-and-spend liberal, Senator Kerry used his first major policy address of the general election battle to position himself as a business-friendly moderate by offering a corporate tax reform plan that includes a 5 percent cut for most companies."(emphasis added)

This is how I would have written it: "After several weeks of television advertisements representing his tax-and-spend history, Senator Kerry used his first major policy address of the general election to try and position himself as a business-friendly moderate by offering a corporate tax reform plan that includes a 5 percent cut for most companies."

Do you see the difference? Now, granted, mine is a bit partisan in the opposite direction. But those first few phrases are unquestionably biased. I don't allege a Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy, by any means, but is it too much to ask for a person to drop her personal impressions while reporting the facts?

How about: "In response to the recent television advertisements from the Bush campaign, portraying him as a tax-and-spend liberal, Senator Kerry used his first major policy address of the general election to represent himself as a more business-friendly moderate by offering a corporate tax reform plan that includes a 5 percent cut for most companies."

It's a little more verbose, I'll admit, but it isn't very difficult to take out partisanship in reporting. Maybe if we had a few editors at the WaPo, NYT, and others who weren't quite so liberal, they'd even notice the bias inherent in their papers.

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