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LETTER: Bias found in two Associated Press articles

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | 2:20 p.m. CST; updated 3:30 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I realize that you must depend upon outside sources for most of your national and international news articles, but I would hope that you could assume more control over their content when the content appears to be biased. Such content is acceptable in commentary or opinion articles but should not pretend to be news reporting. Here are two examples from Tuesday morning's paper (Jan. 12), both originating from The Associated Press and both seeming to be news articles:

Page 2A article by Roxana Hegeman of The Associated Press: "... Does the Justice Department plan to file charges against Roeder under DRACONIAN (my emphasis) federal statutes guaranteeing access to clinics? ... "

Page 3A article by Brett J. Blackledge and Matt Apuzzo of The Associated Press: The concept expressed in most of the article seems to be that the creation of jobs by the stimulus program does not affect unemployment. The subtitle sums it up: "Road, bridge projects might be improving infrastructure but not unemployment rates." I fail to see how it is possible to hire people to build roads and bridges without improving unemployment rates from what they would have been otherwise in that sector and in sectors depending upon that sector for their business. I fear that this "news" article is right-wing propaganda posing as news in the hope of its being accepted without thought.

I hope that the Missourian will find a way in the future to separate commentary from news and to label it appropriately.


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