In this article in Forbes magazine, the owner of 13 “hyperlocal” newspapers in Texas, John Garrett, tells us that his local editions serve a niche because “everybody is interested in roads and taxes.”
Garrett also said something that complemented my thought about bad journalism in this post:
We don’t editorialize. We lose all credibility when we take one side of an issue.
I wish I would have written that. Of course. How dumb are we?
It makes me laugh when I hear folks who believe media bias only exists on Fox News and in the Wall Street Journal. Not I that I don’t think those sources are biased. Of course they are.
What makes me laugh is that many of these same folks don’t see the bias in their preferred media outlets.
But, here Garrett gives us such a simple and obvious test for that bias. Just look at which sides of the issues they come down on in their editorials.
If they consistently come down on one particular side, how can you trust their reporting to be objective?