The RoanokeSlant

This file is a personal journal of commentary of examples of the Roanoke Times and Liberal Media Slant...... lbhagen@aol.com .......The Google Cookie Notice is required by the EU! So much for US Sovereignty!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

 

Roanoke Times and Bloggers

Roanoke Times, 7/13/08, Pg Horiz 2: Editorial: Bloggers on the take

Once I got past the title, I found this editorial to be the best so far this year. Many of the points made were valid and presented in a fair and profession manner. Kudos to the editor!
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There clearly was some defensiveness about bloggers passing themselves off as “journalists” and perhaps some condescension relative to some blogs being “little more than virtual diaries.”
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The core premise that “Real journalists follow strict rules about conflicts of interest” is more a matter of opinion than fact. I would argue that over 80% of the mainstream media has a major interest in promoting platforms and candidates of the Democrat party and I submit that includes the editorial staff of the Roanoke Times. There are approximately 1,000 items in this blog. About 80% address specific items in the Roanoke Times by name and page. I contend that an “impartial person” (wherever one might find such a rare bird) would conclude that my premise is correct. I of course am of the opposite persuasion; however, I do not have a journalist obligation to present complete, fair and balanced “news”. I can just be an old “kibitzer”.
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The major concept behind this blog as stated in the original home page is:
http://www.roanokeslant.org/Purpose.html
THE ROANOKE SLANT
After reading the Roanoke Times newspaper for 15 years it is clear to me that their "slant" on the information they publish is not even close to neutral or balanced on many economic, social and political issues.
The Roanoke Slant "blog" is intended to be a very brief "diary" of some examples of their slant by contrasting it with an opposing view.
Some of the Papers slant methods include:
not covering a story,
blatant in-your-face slant,
subtle shades of gray, size and content of headlines,
area and location of coverage
Upon review of these items, over a period of time, one might conclude that there is an undeniable pattern of behavior. This may be helpful in the future by enabling objective vs subjective discussions.
To peruse this information please "click-on" the following link:
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L.B. Hagen, Retired Smith Mountain Lake,Va
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