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Re: [OT] Re: Re: Re: George Bush appoints a 9 year old to be the chairperson of the Information Security Deportment
From: pauls () utdallas edu
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 20:04:32 -0500

--On August 29, 2006 6:56:02 PM -0400 Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:

On Tue, 29 Aug 2006 17:20:35 CDT, Paul Schmehl said:

Hezbollah tells a story.  BBC repeats it.  No effort is made to see if
the story is actually true.  But it's not bias.  Sure thing.

That's called sloppy journalism, when you don't bother checking.  Bias is
when you *do* make an effort to check out the story, and then decide
which version to run with.  There's a difference.

Now why do you suppose a reporter wouldn't bother to check? And why do you suppose his editors wouldn't check to see if he checked? Are they *all* sloppy?

For *that* matter Paul, *you* are showing bias (by your own definition),
since you didn't bother actually finding out if it was a sloppy reporter
or an actual attempt to slant the facts..

Well, when a news outfit is consistently "sloppy" and almost always in the same direction (anti-Israel and pro-Hezbollah, for example), then I judge them to be biased.

You're welcome to believe that they're not, if you so desire.

Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas

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