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July 17, 2005

B2: Fair and Balanced Reporting

If there's one good thing I can say about the Los Angeles Times, it's this: at least it's not the Daily News. This is an example of the Times' balanced reporting on Israel: note the headline on the left, in a story abot terrorism in Iraq which left thirteen people dead. Now note the size of the headline on the right, in which Israel's attacks against terrorists resulted in six dead terrorists. The "six-dead" headline is twice the size of the other headline.

So what does the average reader (who reads only headlines) get from this page? Simply this: "Israel kills six people! Israel kills six people!"

[Cross-posted at Toner Mishap.]