Letters to the Editor

Juxtaposed headlines reveal bias

Dear Editor,

Breathtaking the bias displayed by The Statesman in its choice of corresponding headlines on page 20 and page 21 of the July 31, 2009 edition.

On page 20 the headline is “Conservatives rally to oppose Obama health plan.” But on page 21, the characterization is “And then there were those who support Obama’s plan.”

How come those opposed are characterized as conservatives, but those in support are only characterized as supporters? Why weren’t the supporters characterized as liberals or leftists who support Obama’s plan? Did the writer do a sampling of the crowds to say only conservatives were against, and the support was broad-based across political lines for the proponents?

Is this a revealing of the embedded political bias of the headline writers and editors at The Statesman?

Jim Schwartz
Centennial