July 10, 2003
Hidden Partisanship

Former N.C. Agriculture Head Arrested blares the headline on this AP story (via Yahoo! News), followed by a 10 paragraph story on Meg Scott Phipps, who resigned last month due to alleged perjury and illegal campaign contributions. What the article fails to mention Phipps' party affiliation. Care to venture a guess?

This story from an NBC affiliate in Raleigh reveals (obliquely) to which party Phipps belongs, if you are really not sure.

This is an example of bias by omission, especially when one considers that if she had been in "the other party", she'd receive a label almost every time.

posted on July 10, 2003 10:44 AM


A friend of mine has been tracking this for several years, and has long noted that one party's officials are rarely identified in cases of malfeasance.

Interestingly, this is especially true at the state level, less so at the national level.

posted by Dean on July 10, 2003 12:33 PM

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