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Why You Take the Press with a Grain of Salt

I've often noted that journalism, and in particular the reporting (and non-reporting) of crime, is not to be taken at face value.  The most deceptive part is not the slanting of stories, although that's a major problem. The most deceptive part is what gets covered and what gets deep-sixed.

Last weekend, the Palin family was apparently involved in a booze-filled free-for-all at a family party in Anchorage.  This was covered by the New York TimesCNN, USA Today, the Washington Post, ABCMSNBC, and a whole bunch more.

Fair enough.  Sarah Palin was a candidate for Vice President six years ago and remains, kind of, a voice within the Republican Party.  So I get the coverage.

What I don't get is the press's simultaneous and virtually uniform blackout of a grisly murder rampage by an avowed Jihadist.  As the conservative blog Powerline reports:

If a Jihadist were going around the United States committing random murders, you might think it would be a significant news story. But apparently not: until this morning, I had never heard of Ali Muhammad Brown, a "devout Muslim" who murdered at least four random American men as an act of Islamic jihad.

It seems that the only major paper to have picked up this story, though it broke last month, was the New York Post.

Moral of story:  As I tell my students, listen critically to what you're hearing  -- and even more critically to what you're not hearing.


Not to mention, the press has been eerily silent about the Louisiana Democrat Party endorsing a felon former governor for Congress and the sitting Democrat senator in a tight reelection bid from the same state using taxpayer funds for campaign trips dating back to the early 2000's.

They would be screaming from the rafters if there was an "R" after their names.

The Post gets a bad rap. I take it to the Times any day of the week.

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