Hey Herald!

This was originally just a quick minipost, but with my comments on today’s article added on I decided to slip it over into a real post.

Hey Herald! Your bias is showing again! For goodness sake, have some decency.

If it seems unethical to have a reporter to cover only one side a protesters story, then it is probably just as unethical to let the protester write his own copy.

The other side of the story might include opinions from people who support the stop-loss policy. It might include opinions from people who support the war against terrorism. It could include opinions from people in uniform who believe that they have a solemn duty to defend our nation rather than demonstrate against it.

The Mayor of Ferndale fast tracks permits for businesses because business is important. Would the Mayor of Bellingham fast track a permit for the WPJC’s protester? After all protesters seem to be important to Bellingham’s ambiance. I wonder if the Herald will request emails and investigate whether or not this was fast tracked?

6/8/07 – And now today another one sided article about this demonstration against stop-loss and for many supporters a demonstration against war. I guess it isn’t completely without an opposing opinion.

Those who do disagree often never stop to talk but do holler or throw less-than-creative gestures his way from moving vehicles.

“One motorcycle went by and the guy on the front flipped me off and the chick on the back gave me a thumbs up,” he said.

But I don’t call this indictment of all those opposed to stop-loss as finger flippers an opposing opinion.  I think there are a bunch of us non-finger flippers out here who agree with stop loss, oppose this demonstration and  would actually be willing to speak with the Herald.

I also think that those two lines in the article as the sole opposition take this article and the Herald from being passively biased to actively biased. What a disgrace.

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2 Comments.

  1. Evan Knappenberger

    Well, how come nobody came to talk to me about it then? I talked to more than 2000 people and not one of them agreed with the stop loss. I got flicked off a few times, and that is all.

    The sad reality is that your war is wrong, your means of fighting it are unjust, and you yourself have no idea what is being done in your name.

  2. It doesn’t surprise me that you found no one in opposition; you were in Bellingham. Being anti-war and anti-most anything is just preaching to the choir in downtown Bellingham. It’s demographics. Try this in Lynden or Ferndale and things might look different to you.

    Anyway, the post was directed at the Herald who claims to be the source for the whole county, yet doesn’t seek the views of the whole county. The policy wasn’t put into place by one man, so I’m sure there must be someone around other than me that agrees with it.

    Just so it is clear. I have no problem with you having a view on this and voicing it. I know there are a lot of soldiers who oppose this policy and this war and I appreciate that you stuck it out rather than deserting as so many others have. It speaks very positively of your character and frankly if you had been a deserter I wouldn’t have given your thoughts a second thought. But, even though we disagree, I have done more reading and talking to others about this subject because of your protest. My motivation is to not have my sons fighting in the Middle East. Not so dissimilar to your motivation to not have your friends go back again.