Archive for July, 2006

Poll Waste at Post

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The Post is cutting jobs, and still it’s wasting serious money on useless polling.

Its latest poll, splashed across the front page for two days in a row, illuminated that immigration issues are top-of-mind among Colorado voters.

This might have been newsworthy if it held true prior to election day, but after the media and political frenzy of the past few weeks, as well as the partisan poll results that have already been reported, the Post poll was so incredibly predictable as to be laughable.

The next day’s story, showing Ritter still slightly ahead of Beauprez, was rendered pointless in the text itself, which quoted political consultant Eric
Sondermann articulating the obvious fact that voters have yet to focus on the election.

Editors should have taken a hint and spiked the story.

Caplis Vs. Reuters

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

The Israelis are bombing Lebanon July 14 and Reuters, the world’s largest news agency with 2,300 editorial staff in 130 countries, reports that the Vatican “deplores” the attack on a “free and sovereign nation.”     

On his afternoon KHOW talk radio show, Dan Caplis announces that Reauters is known to be biased, so we should be skeptical of its news report about the Vatican.

What bias, I’m wondering? Anti-Catholic?

Caplis usually seems more careful than his fellow talk-radio conservatives about throwing around accusations of media bias. I called him for a comment, but he did not respond.

Most likely, Caplis thinks Reuters has a liberal bias but I doubt he can produce a study backing this up. He might point to a story or two that shows a liberal bias, but this does not support a sweeping accusation of bias, which is an insult to the journalists who work for Reuters. Such accusations hurt journalism and poison public debate because they make people tune out.

Welcome to the Big Media BLOG

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

Welcome to the new Big Media BLOG.