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May 24, 2012
Though I am not a supporter of Del. Pat McDonough, I must say your editorial "Baltimore and bigotry" (May 18) shows the hypocrisy on your part. Why is it relevant that children being harassed at their school because their father is a controversial landlord can have their parent described someone "raised in a Jewish family in Potomac," but the gangs at the Inner Harbor area cannot be described as black? I contend that you think it is acceptable to describe a religious background but not a racial one. And I also contend that you are aiding discrimination.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- For each inductee he introduced Friday night, emcee Chick Hernandez ran through a list of that person's accomplishments at the University of Maryland. For most who were announced, the 400 people gathered at tables in the Heise Room at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center would give a standard applause as the inductee was led from the back corner of the room to the front and eventually to their seat. But when Hernandez introduced Len Bias, the 400 rose from their seats and clapped for an extended period as members of Bias' family - his parents and two of his siblings - was led to the front of the room.
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NEWS
December 9, 2011
In the December 7 edition, the Sun staff wasted no time in publishing disparaging material regarding the conviction of Paul Schurick, the former campaign manager to Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. It included a front page headline and article ("Schurick convicted"), a Dan Rodricks column just below it ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics") and an editorial ("No mere faux pas"). All this was in contrast to a page 2 article pertaining to the sentencing of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, a Democrat ("Ex-official get 7-year term")
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
If Len Bias could attend his own Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday , he'd do so as a 50-year-old man. That's a heck of a thing to wrap your head around if, like me, you grew up as an obsessed ACC basketball fan in the 1980s. Lenny has lived as an idea about what could have been for so long, it's strange to think of him as an actual person. Every generation has its touchstones. For my parents, it was the Kennedy assassination. People my age remember watching from their elementary school classrooms as the Challenger exploded and later on, 9/11.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
Just as the sun will rise in the morning, The Sun's readers can expect another pro-Barack Obama or anti-Mitt Romney editorial. Case in point is "Romney the doomsayer," (Oct. 15) which was proceeded the day before by the editorial, "Biden connects" (Oct. 14). While the editorial page is yours to publish as you wish, please stop hiding your outright bias against conservatives and attempting to prejudice current issues for independents. Your masthead that reads, "Light For All," would be more appropriately headed, "Light For Liberals.
NEWS
September 21, 2011
Letter writer J. Michael Collins recently chastised the Sun for showing favoritism in the election coverage ("Don't congratulate Rawlings-Blake yet," Sept. 19). He is not far from the truth. For years, The Sun has given preferential treatment to countless politicians, always giving its designated picks great attention and discouraging voters from going out and voting for the competition. It's always a big write-up about a particular preferred candidate and a very small write-up about the challenger.
NEWS
August 9, 2010
In response to the letter to the editor from Benedict Frederick Jr. regarding Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ("Slanted coverage of gay marriage ruling," Readers Respond, Aug. 8), Mr. Frederick concludes that because Judge Walker is rumored to be gay, he would have a personal bias in his ruling. If that were the case, wouldn't the opposite be true - a straight judge would also be biased? Mr. Frederick might be interested to know that Judge Walker was nominated to the federal bench in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, and he was confirmed under President George H. W. Bush.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
I have often noticed biased reporting from television's Fox News, but last night's report was outrageous. Many media reported about a scurrilous political ad sent out in Fairfax, Va. with a picture of President Barack Obama that seemed to promote violence. Only Fox displayed the offensive ad itself. After stating that this ad provoked bipartisan criticism, Fox showed the actual ad for a long period on the screen. Of course, I could complain directly to Fox, but their "mailbox was full.
NEWS
By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2013
Timorous after having been hammered for years by cries from the right of leftist bias, and hampered by a simple-minded understanding of objectivity that gives sober attention to cranks and zanies, American journalism often winds up serving a bland gruel. But those cries of political bias (which often boil down to "You're not biased in the direction I prefer") are exaggerated and far from the whole story of the limitations of our journalism. The biases are both more widespread and subtler than is generally recognized or acknowledged.
NEWS
August 23, 2010
The Baltimore Sun correctly laments that 20 percent of Americans think Obama is a Muslim ("Our secret Muslim president," Editorial, Aug. 22). For the record, I'm not one of them. I am, however, part of the 75 percent of Americans that according to a Gallup poll released last week have neither "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers and television news. This isn't the same thing as saying we don't like your editorials, or we don't like your anchorman, or we don't like your commentators.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Note to Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland: It's not personal. The Orioles released their roster for the American League Division Series on Thursday morning and a couple of the team's left-handed mainstays are going to spend the next several days in a cheerleading role. That's not because of anything they did or didn't do during the regular season. It's because the Detroit Tigers are such a heavily right-handed-hitting team that there won't be very many opportunities for manager Buck Showalter to match up using his lefties in the middle and late innings.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Police are investigating an alleged "bias incident" in Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon in which a driver allegedly shot a BB or airsoft gun in the direction of three pedestrians as he yelled "Jews, Jews, Jews" at them. The three males told police they were in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road about 5:30 p.m., near the intersection with Green Summit Road when the driver approached them, rolled down his window, held a weapon outside and yelled the taunt, police said. He then fired the weapon, which "appeared to be some type of BB or air gun," in their direction, police said.
BUSINESS
Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The owners of two popular restaurants in downtown Baltimore have agreed to pay $1.3 million and establish new hiring measures to settle a years-old lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against black applicants and employees. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2008 against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc. and Schmick Restaurant Corp., owners of McCormick & Schmick's and M&S Grill in the Inner Harbor. The lawsuit claimed the restaurants violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire black applicants for front-of-the-house positions such as servers and hostesses.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | August 21, 2014
What next? That's what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Mo., but in America? There will be no shortage of good ideas: dashboard cameras, community policing, the hiring of more black cops, the removal of military hardware from police arsenals, sensitivity training.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Hearings began Monday on claims by BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport's former acting fire chief that he was unfairly terminated earlier this year after raising concerns about racial bias within the department. Gregory Lawrence, who is black, said he believes the Maryland Aviation Administration terminated him in March without due process after he raised concerns about an all-white recruit class. He said he feels the decision also was in retaliation for a previous discrimination case he brought against the department more than a decade ago. "I want to go back to work," Lawrence said Monday morning, prior to the start of several days of hearings scheduled in the case at the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Since a memorial service at a sweltering, standing-room only Cole Field House was held a few days after Len Bias' death in June 1986, there has been little official connection between the former basketball All-American and the University of Maryland. But nearly three decades after his fatal cocaine overdose, and the fallout that led to significant changes at the school, Bias will formally be recognized by Maryland when he is inducted posthumously into the Terps' athletics Hall of Fame.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | April 14, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail. " Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only the facts that buttress your closely held views.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
The grisly discovery Monday of the bodies of three Israeli teens who had been abducted June 12 as they hitchhiked home from a West Bank settlement yeshiva set off a week of mounting violence in the region. Israel blamed Hamas and promised and delivered retribution in the West Bank, blowing up the homes of the alleged murderers and launching dozens of air strikes. Hamas threatened back, saying that “the gates of hell would open” if Israel went too far. On Wednesday, a Palestinian teen was abducted and killed, and a Palestinian official blamed “extremist Jewish settlers” as Arabs and Israelis battled in the streets of East Jerusalem.
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