Find the bias

Take a look at the dom photo of Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. Then read the caption that ran under the photo.

Georgians in blindfolds sit on a Russian armored personnel carrier while being detained by Russian troops in the port city of Poti in western Georgia Tuesday.

Georgians in blindfolds sit on a Russian armored personnel carrier while being detained by Russian troops in the port city of Poti in western Georgia Tuesday. (AP)

Can you spot the manipulative use of language?

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The verdict is in on E:60

So I’m sitting here watching ESPN’s news magazine show, E:60, and I’m about ready to vomit. When the show was announced, I was excited at the prospect of deep sports journalism on TV. When the first couple shows felt contrived, I gave them a pass. It was still in its infancy afterall.

Now, I just can’t believe how bad it is. The main problem is how overproduced each piece is. It feels polished, manicured and fake. On that note, I’ll go as far as to say they push some ethical boundaries of journalism.  Apparent dramatizations aren’t clearly marked. Thanks to ESPN’s size, conflicts of interest are unavoidable, but the show doesn’t do enough to avoid them. For example, as ESPN begins to broadcast NASCAR races, and as NASCAR deals with a lawsuit from a female minority employee, another minority woman involved in the sports is profiled as “the most powerful woman in NASCAR” by E:60. Fishy? I’d say so. (more…)

Sexist attitudes revealed in commentary on Erin Andrews

sex·ism – noun

1.    attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles.
2.    discrimination or devaluation based on a person’s sex, as in restricted job opportunities; esp., such discrimination directed against women.

Arguing semantics gets a bad rap. When it distracts from the true points of contention, that’s understandable. Sometimes it’s all about the semantics though.
So when I call this piece by Mike Nadel sexist, you’ll forgive me for picking it part word by word. You see, there is a language to sexism, and Nadel employs it effortlessly, laying bare the attitudes behind the writing.
So, let’s look at the language.

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