Washington Post’s Subtle Bias

National Review Online’s The Campaign Spot blog found a fine example of media bias at the Washington Post. It is subtle, but once it is pointed out, the bias is beyond question.

Here is how the Post quoted Barack Obama on September 17:

He chided Sen. John McCain some at both. “Yesterday, John McCain actually said that if he’s president, he’ll take on the, quote, old boys’ network in Washington,” Obama said in Elko.

“I am not making this up. This is someone who’s been in Congress for 26 years – who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign – and now he’s the one who will take on the old boy network?” Obama continued. “The old boy network? In the McCain campaign, that’s called a staff meeting.”

Here is the Post quoting Sarah Palin on the same day:

“John? John?” Sarah Palin called to John McCain. “Can I add somethin’?” …
One woman wanted to give her the chance to address those who say Palin can’t be a mother and vice president. “Well, let’s prove ’em wrong,” Palin said to cheers.

She talked about her role if the ticket is elected: “Let me tell you, I know a little bit about energy. That’s gonna be my baby when I get to Washington, D.C.”

Notice anything?

 Whereas Obama was quoted with correctly spelled language, Palin is quoted as saying “somethin'”, “’em”, and “gonna”. It a subtle way of reinforcing her image as a boorish hunter from small town Alaska who has no business being on the national stage.

3 Responses to Washington Post’s Subtle Bias

  1. E.G. says:

    On the other hand, Kerry with his WASPish elocution was not elected and Carter, with his manner of speech – did.

  2. Lorenz Gude says:

    Yes, it’s there alright, but it is a two edged sword. As a working class friend here in Australia observed Palin comes across as an ordinary person. Makin’ her sound like a hick makes ordinary folks ornery. Maybe has sumpin’ t’do with those big crowds she’s drawin’ too.

  3. ned jacobson says:

    i would have to say this is bias plain and simple. who reads the washington post ? i would have to say it is not the people who identify with sarah palin.

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