Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A tale of two editorial rules ...

I received a heads up about this story in the Concord Monitor concerning an alleged assault by a petitioner for the tax cap a couple of weeks ago: ["Tax petitioner charged with assault"].
Pardon the pun, but this is a total hit piece from a newspaper that has an ax to grind against the tax cap.
What is so interesting though about this is that they had no problem running with this piece, with its clear anti-conservative overtones and no comment from the alleged perpetrator, but they will edit facts from an opinion piece about a former city councilor - specifically, Kathy Rogers, who is currently a candidate for County Attorney - using her power and influence to demand a police investigation of a private citizen over possession of public document!
One rule for them, one rule for us. Or, in this case, one editorial rule for them, one editorial rule for the rest of us. What kind of journalism is this?

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