Daily Archives: February 20, 2010

Lack of Fairness in News Media

From calling killers “terrorists” in London, and “gunmen” in Mumbai (British Biased Corporation), to something as simple as a recent news story on AFP: India restaurant bombing toll ‘rises to 12’ (note the quotes), lack of fairness exists at many levels in news media.

Here is how the story extends:

“The death toll from a blast that ripped through a packed restaurant last weekend in western India, which was claimed by a previously unknown Islamist group has risen to 12, a report said Saturday.”

A little later it says: “The latest fatality was a 26-year-old Sudanese student, Amjad Elgazoli, who was studying at college in Pune…”

So, my question – what part of the title made the editor so nervous that he had to put the toll in quotes? What part of the news report was debatable or not solemn enough to justify adding some quotes?