Friday, July 13, 2007

NY Times

TPM Cafe:

Mr. Edwards has made poverty his signature issue, a topic that stands in sharp contrast to his own $30 million net worth and which set him up for ridicule when it became public that he had paid $400 for a haircut.

Memo to Times editors: This passage is not factual reporting. It's the reporter's opinion. It is not an observation that Edwards' image has been hurt. This reporter is stating outright that she believes that being rich "stands in sharp contrast" to advocating on behalf of anti-poverty policies. Does this reporter believe that this is true of all private sector rich folks who engage in charity? Either way, someone who believes this shouldn't be covering John Edwards. Unless, of course, the paper no longer feels obliged to cover Edwards fairly, which may be the case.

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