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June 30, 2014
While catching up on election coverage in The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday morning after the primary, I could not help but notice the photos on page A9. Under the heading, "Brown, Hogan win" there is one large photo of cheering Brown supporters and another similar size one of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown engaging with a supporter. Below those is a smaller photo showing Republican Larry Hogan watching returns on TV with his running mate and their spouses. What are your readers supposed to make of that?
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NEWS
June 30, 2014
While catching up on election coverage in The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday morning after the primary, I could not help but notice the photos on page A9. Under the heading, "Brown, Hogan win" there is one large photo of cheering Brown supporters and another similar size one of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown engaging with a supporter. Below those is a smaller photo showing Republican Larry Hogan watching returns on TV with his running mate and their spouses. What are your readers supposed to make of that?
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NEWS
September 25, 2012
The usual whining from the extreme right about media bias is evident in a recent letter from Stephen Sewell ("Sun lavishes attention on 'Occupy,' ignores tea party," Sept. 24). The writer is long on allegations and short on facts. Mr. Sewell suggests that tea party members are "perceived as backward, ignorant, uneducated … bigoted, homophobic, sexist, religious zealots, etc. " Those are pretty strong charges, yet unsupported by any examples. On the other hand, the letter writer portrays "Occupy" members as slovenly lawbreakers that get "above the fold" coverage in The Sun - coverage Mr. Sewell claims is "usually glowing and lauds the goals and principles of these people.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
Eric Alterman criticizes my recent commentary in The Sun on major media bias ("Liberal media bias is beyond doubt, March 18) because, he claims, I lacked "supporting evidence" in claiming his book, ""What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News," had "evidentiary problems" ("Vatz's baseless attack," March 21). He unsurprisingly quotes variously liberal sources as finding his thesis well-proved. In several e-mails to me, he recklessly analogized me to the reckless Joe McCarthy, ending with addressing me as "Joe.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
Eric Alterman criticizes my recent commentary in The Sun on major media bias ("Liberal media bias is beyond doubt, March 18) because, he claims, I lacked "supporting evidence" in claiming his book, ""What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News," had "evidentiary problems" ("Vatz's baseless attack," March 21). He unsurprisingly quotes variously liberal sources as finding his thesis well-proved. In several e-mails to me, he recklessly analogized me to the reckless Joe McCarthy, ending with addressing me as "Joe.
NEWS
By KATHLEEN PARKER | June 29, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The fallacy of hate crime laws - the prosecution of which requires a degree of mind-reading not yet available to most earthlings - has been cast into stark relief the past few weeks after reports of an interracial rape-murder that has bestirred white supremacists and led to death threats against an African-American columnist. The spark was the brutal rape-murder of a young white couple, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, who were carjacked in January in Knoxville, Tenn.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
The writer from Marriottsville must have thrown a shoulder out of joint congratulating herself on detecting media bias in The Sun due to the alleged under-reporting of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's ethical difficulties concerning insider information ("Sun conveniently omits Pelosi's misdeed," Nov. 28). But two can play this game. It is obvious that media under-reporting or even intentional distortion of the news is not limited to left of center media sources. A good example of this is the Pulitzer Prize winning reporting of David Barstow, who revealed how retired generals working as radio and televisions analysts disguised themselves as "impartial" in order help the Pentagon make its case for war in Iraq.
NEWS
September 17, 2008
Plastic playgrounds vulnerable to vandals It's a shame that a playground that so many volunteers worked on has been destroyed ("Waverly playground fire probed as arson," Sept. 11). However, massive destruction could have been avoided. Instead of building the climbing structure out of plastic, which is now severely charred and will have to be torn down, old-fashioned building materials such as wood and galvanized pipe could have been used. If you have ever tried to light a wooden board, you know that it is almost impossible to light unless you stack other flammable material under it and arrange the material to provide adequate draft and burning surfaces.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
Recently I called a local radio talk show, not to blast President Barack Obama or ridicule Mitt Romney but to chide the conservative host and his conservative guest for their tiresome narrative about liberal bias in the "mainstream media.'" They directed me to unspecified recent studies by the Pew Research Center, a widely respected non-partisan social science and polling group that they said supported their perception of liberal media bias. The most recent Pew study does suggest that, by a large margin, the public perceives that there is bias in the media.
NEWS
January 4, 2000
McCain's proposals would hurt GOP With his criticism of our campaign finance system, Sen. John McCain has become a favorite of the media. He has even won a friend in one of the most liberal of politicians, Bill Bradley. Their handshake was a high price for "earned media," as campaigns call positive press coverage. Unfortunately for Republicans, the media is not usually so inclined to cover a Republican candidate so positively. Most newspaper and broadcast coverage is more liberal than conservative.
NEWS
By Richard E. Vatz | March 18, 2013
For about 20 years, I have been teaching a course at Towson University called "Media Criticism," which deals largely with alleged ideological media bias. The claims of liberal bias in the mainstream media go back at least as far as Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidential nomination in 1964. Perceiving repeated negative interpretations contained in "news reports" on his candidacy, he pleaded with major newspapers to put at least one reporter on his campaign who would just report what he said.
NEWS
September 25, 2012
The usual whining from the extreme right about media bias is evident in a recent letter from Stephen Sewell ("Sun lavishes attention on 'Occupy,' ignores tea party," Sept. 24). The writer is long on allegations and short on facts. Mr. Sewell suggests that tea party members are "perceived as backward, ignorant, uneducated … bigoted, homophobic, sexist, religious zealots, etc. " Those are pretty strong charges, yet unsupported by any examples. On the other hand, the letter writer portrays "Occupy" members as slovenly lawbreakers that get "above the fold" coverage in The Sun - coverage Mr. Sewell claims is "usually glowing and lauds the goals and principles of these people.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
Recently I called a local radio talk show, not to blast President Barack Obama or ridicule Mitt Romney but to chide the conservative host and his conservative guest for their tiresome narrative about liberal bias in the "mainstream media.'" They directed me to unspecified recent studies by the Pew Research Center, a widely respected non-partisan social science and polling group that they said supported their perception of liberal media bias. The most recent Pew study does suggest that, by a large margin, the public perceives that there is bias in the media.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
Your list of the names of U.S. soldiers who have died in Afghanistan since last Memorial Day on Monday's editorial page was nice, but it conveniently left out the body count ("U.S. fallen in Afghanistan," May 28). Since 2009, when Barack Obama became president, 1,355 U.S. soldiers have died in the Afghan war. Yet the mainstream media, including The Sun, is not counting. Of course, whenGeorge W. Bushwas president, we got the body count every day. Where is the fairness in The Sun's approach?
NEWS
November 30, 2011
The writer from Marriottsville must have thrown a shoulder out of joint congratulating herself on detecting media bias in The Sun due to the alleged under-reporting of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's ethical difficulties concerning insider information ("Sun conveniently omits Pelosi's misdeed," Nov. 28). But two can play this game. It is obvious that media under-reporting or even intentional distortion of the news is not limited to left of center media sources. A good example of this is the Pulitzer Prize winning reporting of David Barstow, who revealed how retired generals working as radio and televisions analysts disguised themselves as "impartial" in order help the Pentagon make its case for war in Iraq.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2011
Bravo, fat lady. Or rather, bravo, "World of Opera," the public radio show that brought a measure of sanity to the drama surrounding Lisa Simeone, the Baltimore-based public radio host who landed in a controversy over media bias last week over her volunteer work with an Occupy Washington-related group. It says something about our current political climate that it was the world of Valkyries and suicidal geishas that eschewed the operatics and noted the obvious: What Simeone does on her own time has no bearing on her role as host of an arts show, so she can remain as its host.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | June 1, 1993
Boston. -- My friend and I meet on the corner and fall amiably into our usual, laced-up, speed-walking pace. This morning, however, I notice that my fellow traveler is wearing a pinched look.We haven't gone a mile when she begins to complain, arms pumping and words flying. These are the phrases that I inhale in great aerobic gulps: ''President-bashing . . . media bias . . . making mountains out of molehills . . . give the guy a break.''At a red light, my companion finally stops and says into the city air, ''I cannot believe that I am becoming one of those people who complain about the media.
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
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.
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.
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