As usual, I find myself disappointed by the bias in coverage of presidential politics that weaves its way through The Gazette. I’m not speaking about cartoons and editorials, as those are defined as opinions, but rather what should be objective news content.
In particular, your front-page coverage of the Oct. 16 debate favors President Barack Obama. To start, the above-the-fold headline only mentions Obama’s name and portrays him as the aggressor. Next, the large color photo shows Romney’s backside and Obama’s front, rather than presenting a more equitable angle depicting both men being assertive. Finally, the “journalist” dedicated nearly all five paragraphs of the article portioned on page 1 toward quoting Obama, which portrays Romney unfavorably.
Many people only read headlines and the first few paragraphs of a newspaper article to get the gist of its content. This article leaves a hurried reader with only half the story. One would need to go back to page 12 to read the remainder of the article, in which some of Romney’s points are highlighted. Where is the balance?
While this is typical of most print media, it would be refreshing and appreciated if a newspaper would allow its readership to make up our own minds based on objective reporting. Doesn’t The Gazette trust us to be able to decide for ourselves?
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