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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
NewsBusters' Blindered Attack On Biden's New Staffer
Topic: NewsBusters

A March 18 NewsBusters post by Lachlan Markay declared that Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray -- who just accepted a job as communications director for Vice President Joe Biden -- "penn[ed] a number of stories toeing the Democratic line on a variety of issues." Markay went on to assert, "The bias dossier on Murray is thinner than, say, Katie Couric's, but contains a number of telling items."

Markay lists exactly three "telling items." That doesn't exactly make his case.

As one might expect, Markay's treatment of Murray's "bias dossier" is one-sided and assumes that every reporter who doesn't display an obvious right-wing bias is automatically liberal. Thus, he utterly ignores the idea that Media Matters might have a "bias dossier" of its own on her.

And lo and behold, it does. Here's a few examples:

We'd complain about  Markay's blindness to the existence of media bias that is not what he considers "liberal," but we'd be repeating ourselves.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:17 AM EDT

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