March 29, 2012
Washington State is fortunate to have the Washington News Council

The story of KUOW's alleged biased reporting on the Vitae Foundation has yet to garner any attention from the MSM, even the Seattle Times. But it has received attention in the online Washington Times (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/29/pro-life-spat-takes-npr-station-to-ethics-board/)

Is it an important story? I'd say it's certainly more important than Bob Ferguson's chess hobby

(http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2017865994_chess_geeks_rally_for_bob_ferg.html), but that's just me.

The thing that makes this story so important isn't whether KUOW was being biased or not in this instance, but that Washington state is fortunate in being the only state to have a news council to mediate disputes over such allegations. One wonders what the national media scene might look like if there was such an entity.

The ethics board meeting Saturday will be only the fifth in the Washington News Council's 14-year history, the overwhelming majority of its disputes being mediated successfully.

And that does make one wonder how much "good faith" KUOW really put forward in righting the alleged wrong against the Vitae Foundation. Is "seriously considering" running another story in the same format (on-air, not a transcript of an interview buried on its website) good enough? Seems pretty shoddy to me, not unlike so much we hear from the left where "feelings" count as much as actual results.

Since Washington News Council is a private organization, its decision on Saturday is not binding (as it shouldn't be since having a government agency decide what is and what isn't fair journalism would be just a bit too Pravdaesque), but it should definitely be something that media takes note of in the future, before they run an important correction for, say, exonerating a suspect who was, unfortunately, tried in said media instead of in the rightful place of the courts.

UPDATE: The 11-member council that heard the complaint voted unanimously that KUOW had a journalistic responsibility to contact representatives of the Vitae Foundation before it ran its story. The council also voted 10-0 with one abstention that KUOW's original story contained errors that were substantial enough that they should have been corrected
on-air.

More info: http://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/display.php?id=87

Posted by MarkGriswold at March 29, 2012 09:53 PM | Email This
Comments
1. No dispute to mediate in November 2004 after the Seattle media sat on their thumbs...uttering nary a peep....while King County Elections stole the governor's election for the Dimocrats.

That is when I turned them off for good, TV, print and many of the radio stations. There are many types of lies, one of which is through omission. And by this means the Seattle media lies to their audiences each and every day.

Posted by: Saltherring on March 30, 2012 10:55 AM
2. @1,

It isn't just the Seattle media playing the shell game, the Tacoma News Tribune does the same. They are even more open about their bias, even proud they censor to fit an agenda.

Posted by: FurryGuy on March 30, 2012 04:49 PM
3. I've worked at KUOW. The arrogance, self-righteousness, and bias were staggering. This story comes as no surprise.

Hairy

Posted by: Hairy Buddah on March 30, 2012 08:54 PM
4. Isn't saying that an NPR station ran a biased story rather equivalent to saying that water is wet?

Posted by: Frank Black on April 2, 2012 03:55 PM
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