Its not just AOL. On Monday, Yahoo! included a slanted article in its list of the day’s top headlines. And that article, noting that Secretary of State Condoleezza “Rice faces silent protest in Boston,” led by focusing on the losing team’s score.
Despite this headline, the reporter noted that the protest “was smaller than had been expected and those among the 25,000 crowd who gave her a standing ovation outnumbered those who sat in silence.” Seems that this title, “Despite scattered protests, Rice gets standing ovation in Boston,” would more accurately describe the event.
Even as the reporter notes that more students gave the Secretary of State a standing ovation than protested, he focuses on the protesters. Here’s a protest that doesn’t meet its organizers’ expectations — and those of the media. But this reporter just couldn’t let go of the story he want to tell.
It’s also interesting to note that conservative speakers at college commencements frequently draw protests from left-wing students and faculty, more often the latter nowadays than the former. Conservative students, however, seem more tolerant of left-wing commencement speakers. We just don’t hear of conservatives protesting such speakers. Maybe it’s just that we’re less well represented on university faculties.
This story shows two kinds of bias — the media eager to make conservatives look bad and left-wing professors (and their student followers) eager to prevent them from addressing university commencements.
Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com