Thursday, October 28, 2004
An interesting correction: The Wall Street Journal earlier this week ran a correction to a front-page article by reporters Shailagh Murray and Greg Hitt. The sentence being corrected was this one:
Mr. Bush believes the key to victory lies in his party's conservative core. He gave a rare interview over the weekend to Fox News, a network sympathetic to Mr. Bush and popular with Republicans.
Even I will admit that Fox News tilts to the right. I will also admit that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC tilt to the left to varying degrees. But you would never see reporters characterize CBS as "sympathetic" to Sen. John Kerry.
This illustrates the difference between a paper's editorial pages and its news pages. The Journal has the country's most prestigious conservative editorial page -- but that obviously doesn't extend to its newsroom. That article, with that sentence, got through at least one line editor and a couple of copy editors -- at the very minimum -- before it appeared on the front page.
News Corp.'s Fox News was incorrectly described in a page-one article Monday as being sympathetic to the Bush cause.
Remember that just because a newspaper has endorsed President Bush, it doesn't mean that he's getting a pass on its news coverage. It's very likely to be just the opposite.