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March 14, 2013


Goebbels, Pravda, AP, WaPo

In the comments on SF’s post about Muslim attacks on Pakistani Christians, reader Michael D guided me to an absurdly biased headline from the Associated Press.  It is showing up in a number of papers.  Michael D spotted it first in Vancouver, BC coverage, and at my request found it in a major U.S. daily, the Washington Post.

Here’s the headline, linked to the article:

Christians, police clash in Pakistan after Muslim mob burns homes of minority religious group

Again, this is an Associated Press piece.  But it was run uncritically in the Post along with other outlets. 

The Washington Post has a “Reader Representative” on staff to field complaints and concerns.  I would encourage you to read the article and to contact them:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Here’s what I sent them:

Subject:  Concern with March 10 headline

Message:  Dear Reader Representatives,

On March 10th, the Post’s Asia & Pacific section uncritically ran an AP article and headline,

“Christians, police clash in Pakistan after Muslim mob burns homes of minority religious group.”

The headline is pure propaganda.  It has no purpose other than to obscure or twist facts.  “Christians” are named as combatants - but they are not named as the victims of the home burnings.  That isn’t admitted until the fourth paragraph of the piece, which doesn’t even appear until one scrolls beneath a prominent advertisement in the Post’s online version.

Thanks in advance for having a look at this.

The Reverend Timothy Fountain
Sioux Falls, South Dakota


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Done.  Thanks, Tim.

[1] Posted by Jill Woodliff on 3-14-2013 at 09:04 PM · [top]

There is enormous reluctance in the legacy media to present clearly incidents of violence and oppression against Christians and Jews by Muslims.

[2] Posted by Katherine on 3-15-2013 at 08:42 AM · [top]

The contract of The Washington Post‘s ombudsman ended on February 28. The contract was not renewed and he has not been replaced.

Not that he was much help anyway:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/2013/02/wpost-yes-we-fear-and-loathe-religious-conservatives/

[3] Posted by Roland on 3-15-2013 at 01:26 PM · [top]

Roland - that is correct but they now have staff “Reader Representatives.”  That’s the link I’ve provided.  That is current.

[4] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-15-2013 at 01:30 PM · [top]

It’ll be interesting to see what, if any, response there is from the Post’s “reader representatives.” However, I don’t hold out much hope for a paper which, 20 years ago, published a front-page story describing conservative evangelicals as “poor, uneducated and easy to command” and has only gotten worse since.

[5] Posted by the virginian on 3-16-2013 at 03:27 PM · [top]

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