You say news writers aren’t biased? Lemme show you otherwise. . . .
I’m not the most conservative on the “gay marriage” question by any means. I happen to think that, in our nation’s current context, which is decidedly NOT a Christian one, it some sense to give economic (and perhaps other) rights to homosexual couples. However, consider paragraph 2 of the article at this link:
‘Scuse me? Let’s try that again. Perhaps if you’d written it as I have it below, moderates and logicians wouldn’t be able to perpetuate (rightly!) the stereotype of liberal bias in the news media:
The cases, originating on opposite coasts, go to the heart of a question that has churned for two decades: whether states and the federal government have jurisdiction over the question of same-sex marriage.
You see, it really is a question, and will probably for many years be a question — whether two people of the same gender who profess to be a couple may be thought of as “married” in a given societal context. Being able to state such a question without prejudice would seem to be part and parcel of being a good journalist.
I am not intending to deal with God-based morality here. I’m merely acknowledging that, absent theocracy, it is practically up to a culture or government to decide a question such as the gay-marriage one. I may or may not like the conclusions of the human government, but simply by allowing this question, stating it without prejudice, I do not tip the scale toward one side or the other. On the other hand, if I accuse an entity of “refus[ing] to recognize same-sex marriage,” I clearly align myself with those who presume the validity of same-sex marriage, when such is not a foregone conclusion.
The above is just one paltry evidence of recurring bias in the news media … and is just one reason I don’t often watch or listen to the news.