Thursday, May 25, 2006

Sub-Standard's Bias Coverage

While I have yet to come down in support of a candidate in the primary, Freddy and the Sub-Standard wrote a completely biased story about Dan Maffei's Official Announcement tonight.

Here is all the positive coverage Dan got:

...will make the announcement from his DeWitt home at 5:30 p.m.

[...]

Maffei, a former congressional staffer, is the designated candidate of all four Democratic county committees in the district. He also has the endorsement of the United Food & Commercial Workers, a statewide union that represents 24,000 workers.


Here's what Freddy started the article with:

Brace yourself. Are you sitting down?

Dan Maffei is running for Congress.

Nine months, dozens of news releases and roughly a quarter of a million dollars in campaign contributions after Maffei first acknowledged his interest in Rep. Jim Walsh's 25th District seat, the former Syracuse TV reporter tonight will officially launch his campaign.


And then compare it to the coverage he gives Paloma, which I would normally have no problem with, if the article wasn't titled, "Maffei run to begin tonight":

Half an hour later, in a more industrial DeWitt neighborhood, Paloma Capanna will hold a fundraiser for her bid to win the Democratic Party line from Maffei.

The 6 p.m. event is being hosted by Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 267 at the union's Midler Park Drive hall. The union is one of seven throughout the district that have endorsed Capanna, something that usually isn't done until after the major party primaries.

"The party committee's minds were made up quite awhile ago, and we don't think this should be a top-down decision," said Bill Towsley, business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 43, which endorsed Capanna. "When you look at how to beat Jim Walsh and how to tackle the problems in our area in relation to our concerns, she is a better candidate."


This isn't the first there have been subtle jabs and I doubt it will be the last, but here's a little something from the Society of Professional Journalists' Ethics Code for Mr. Pierce to remember:

The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.

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