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
More info: http://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/display.php?id=87Posted by MarkGriswold at March 29, 2012 09:53 PM | Email This