I see bias everywhere. Yes we all struggle with our biases. I wish the reporters, editors and owners at the Globe and Mail would own up to theirs.
There’s bias in the conversation our biased reporter has with his biased editor, bias in the call list he develops for his story, bias in his choice of events to go out and cover, bias in the details he writes down at the event, bias in his lead paragraph, bias in the last paragraph, bias when his editor cuts a graph. The headline someone else writes for him— that has bias. There’s bias in the placement of the story.
But it’s not simply the personal bias of the reporters and editors that Rosen mentions here. It’s also the systemic bias of the institution. What stories make you popular? What stories get you hired? What stories get you promoted? What stories keep you in business? What stories get you sued?