There are stories where the NYTimes is so overt in its bias that it’s almost too easy to criticize. But way more often, the bias is subtle and unintentional. That’s when you really need the experts here to break it down for you. For example, today’s Reuters story on a study of state government corruption levels:
As a prime example of how scandals can lead to reform, New Jersey got a “B+” despite a reputation for corruption that saw Governor Chris Christie bust more than 100 public officials while a U.S. attorney, earning him a reputation as a tough-talking conservative.
We’ll ignore the fact that it took them halfway through the article to point out who is NJ governor (a conservative Republican). Christie puts a virtual and literal target on his back by going out and busting over 100 corrupt public officials, and that just makes him “a tough talking conservative”? There are over 40 members of the vicious Double ii Bloods now in jail who know that Christie does more than just talk tough.
Reforms by lawmakers and good-government groups mean “New Jersey now has some of the toughest ethics and anti-corruption laws in the nation,” investigators said.New Jersey ranks first in the integrity investigation for ethics enforcement, first for executive branch accountability and fourth for procurement practices.
First in the nation for executive branch accountability, huh? Who is it again that is the leader of New Jersey’s executive branch?
Notice in the next line the underlying, flawed assumption that liberals always make. There was a problem, legislation was passed, so the problem is of course fixed, right? Wrong.
New York finished 36th with a “D” grade despite Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s steering ethics reform through the legislature.
Remember that line when in a few years you read “Health care costs continue to skyrocket despite the Affordable Care Act‘s extensive cost controlling provisions”.
Finally, we ran the above excerpts through BiasBreakdown’s highly sophisticated liberal-to-conservative universal translator, and here’s the translated version:
“The process of weeding out corruption began while current NJ governor Chris Christie was serving as a US attorney. Christie busted more than 100 public officials, earning the Republican a reputation for effectiveness that propelled him to the governorship. As governor, Christie has continued to enforce government transparency, with the study ranking his administration #1 in the nation for accountability.
In NY, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s so far only legislative approach has proven ineffective.”