Saturday, August 20, 2005

Strib, Your Bias is Showing

You know that story about the emerging scandal over at Air "America" where that network got a loan from a pool of money intended to go to poor and disadvantaged kids? If you read the Strib, you probably don't. The Strib thought the story was so unimportant that it didn't even dedicate one of its own reporters to it, opting instead to use the copy that appeared in the NY Times (CAUTION: Link is to Power Line). I don't recall that the story ever appeared on the front page. I think it was on something like page A19 (can anybody tell me where that story appeared? It sure as hell wasn't on page 1).

In today's Strib - and you wouldn't know this unless you got the Dead Tree version - there are three stories that appear on page A1 (in the South Metro edition):

The Northwest Airlines mechanics strike. A bigtime local story, to be sure.

The obscene Vioxx verdict. OK, I can see that as a page one story.

[Here you should be mentally replaying that old Sesame Street song "One of These Things is Not Like the Other / One of These Things Doesn't Belong...")

Rush Limbaugh's and Sean Hannity's ratings are cratering in the Twin Cities market.

Written by Deborah Caulfield Rybak. Now where of I heard that name before...

Rybak (isn't she related a politician or something?) does manage to somewhat mask her glee while reporting:

Locally, conservative-talk icon Rush Limbaugh's show has lost 43 percent of its audience among 25- to 54-year-olds in the past year. Sean Hannity's show is down a whopping 63 percent. The shift is serious enough that "we're weighing where these shows fit for us in the future," according to Todd Fisher, general manager at KSTP (1500 AM), which carries both syndicated programs.

Is this news? You bet. Page one news? Only if you are talking about the front page of the Variety section; ya' know the part of the paper that is dedicated to covering stories about local media and entertainment. Hell, at best, it's a page 3 story in the Metro section.

IS it that slow of a news cycle that the Strib has to bump features from the Variety section to the front friggin' news page?

Isn't there something historic going on in Israel right now? And what? Didn't any servicemen die in Iraq yesterday?

Isn't Air America being sued for something like $2.5 million? And aren't they involved in a financial scandal that the big city dailies found to be irresistible page one fodder for the last 5 years?

Oh that right wing media.

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