Fairness dictates an update

August 12th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert

Let’s see, it was last Saturday that the Albuquerque Journal managed to lose the single sentence in a lengthy Washington Post story that questioned the credibility of Standard & Poors, the rating agency. (see “Case of the Disappearing Sentence”)

In my Tuesday post, I surmised that the omission was intentional, inspired by the Journal’s editorial stance.

Fairness dictates an update.

The Journal still didn’t question S&P’s fitness to assess the nation’s credit-worthiness Sunday or Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, however, the editors did publish a Eugene Robinson Op- Ed (criticizing President Obama) which included a paragraph knocking S&P.

And the same day the paper didn’t just print but featured a mid-page piece headlined “S&P Overreaching?” It recalled S&P’s “checkered history.” The account (from “Journal Wire Reports”) ran under a big photo of S&P headquarters in Manhattan.

This story was on the business page. In general, fewer readers get that far back in the paper – D4, this day – than look at Page One, where previous S&P stories appeared.

Still, credit the Journal with demonstrating it will publish some stories that don’t fit its politics – eventually and somewhere.

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