Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Page one propaganda

Shame on you Chris Moon and shame on your editors.

In a stunningly egregious example of naked bias, today's front page was led by this coverage of Governor Kathleen Sebelius' veto of two bills.

Gun, worker bills vetoed (Published Wednesday, March 22, 2006)

In the lede, Moon characterizes the vetoes as a "power move." later he refers not to "the Governor, a Democrat," but merely to "the Democrat." Subsequently the sylish prose of Mr. Moon describes her actions as having "chopped" the bills.

During the course of the story, Moon quotes four lawmakers that disagree with Sebelius' vetoes and fails to present even a single voice in support of them.

The story also contains an astonishing non-sequitur of a paragraph that reads:

"The question now is how embarrassing a veto override on the gun bill would be to a governor who is expected to seek re-election this fall."

Is that really the question now? Really? The question now is whether this is a news report about policy making or political analysis. That's the question now.

The other question now is whether or not Mr. Moon has already filled out his concealed-carry permit.



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