17 Nov '11, 8pm

A case study in how media bias works against clean air rules, by @drgrist

A case study in how media bias works against clean air rules, by @drgrist

Political reporter John Broder had a long piece in The New York Times yesterday chronicling Obama's decision to delay a tighter national smog standard. I have no desire to relitigate that fight, but I do want to pluck out one particular bit of Broder's piece to illustrate a point. In a recent piece kvetching about media coverage of Solyndra, I said: "Republican talking points are delivered as first-order news. Liberal talking points are wrapped in meta-news about liberals and their talking points." Let's look at an example -- not the biggest deal in the world, but quite illustrative. Here's the 11th paragraph of Broder's piece: The standard for ozone was last set in 2008 by the Bush administration at a level of 75 parts per billion, above the range of 60 to 70 recommended by the E.P.A.’s scientific advisory panel at the time, but never enacted. Environmental and public hea...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/clean-air/2011-11-17-media-bias-work...

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