Unbalanced

Gov race

Local news media’s agenda is showing.

That screen shot above, taken straight from the king5.com website shows a serious and blatant example of bias. This shouldn’t and can’t be acceptable!

Bias? How so?

That pic on the left is actually an older (and younger) photo of the current governor, Jay Inslee. It isn’t his official state picture or campaign photo for this year. That pic on the right is the top Republican challenger, Loren Culp. He is the current police chief in Republic, WA. That pic also isn’t his official campaign photo either.

Why does it matter if neither pic is the official campaign photo? Ask yourself (and be honest) what message is given not so subtly by using the photos they used?

One is just a photo (the one of the left) and the other is playing into mainstream narrative: Republicans, cops, are bad. If he is identified as a cop, then he is bad, …and people won’t vote for him.

Election meddling? Maybe not, but maybe.

Purposeful message? Most likely.

Local news showing bias? Most definitely.

 

 

2 comments

  1. Curt Gilman · August 5

    It reminds me a bit of the New York Times coverage of the Blasey Ford testimony during the Kavanaugh hearings. Blasey Ford was typically depicted with her right hand in the air as she was being sworn in. Kavanaugh was typically depicted in moments of tearful anger.

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    • backuphill · August 5

      Yeah, it doesn’t have to be just what is written in the story. The bias starts right from the image that is selected for publishing.

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