It is a rare thing when a newspaper issues an apology. The Daily Commercial of Leesburg, Fla. has done just that. It seems that they have heard the complaints of their readers about the anti-Trump bias that they had been reporting. Of course they did point to the wire services as the key factor in this bias. It appears that they will monitor things more closely, even if they do not support Trump.
As Written By Clay Waters for Newsbusters:
A local paper in central Florida made a surprising strike against national media bias. In an arresting admission, The Daily Commercial of Leesburg, Fla., made a long editorial apology for its ongoing anti-Trump bias, explaining that the wire stories it relies on for political news are hopelessly slanted against Donald Trump: “
This is less an editorial and more of an open letter to our readers. It’s part explanation, part reflection and part mea culpa.
It’s about how the media — including the Daily Commercial — has covered the presidential election.
Why, you may ask, do we feel the need to broach this topic at this late date in the election? Frankly, an uncomfortably sizable number of our readers have been writing and calling to express their dissatisfaction with what they believe is the media’s bias toward Donald Trump, and they are pointed in their criticism of the Daily Commercial, which they believe has gotten swept up in the anti-Trump wave. We felt we owed you a response.
First, it’s important to understand that, while the Daily Commercial is a local news organization first and foremost, we also see value in presenting a reasonably comprehensive platter of state, national and international news every day. For months, the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has commanded the nation’s attention like no other story, so of course that’s what we’ve focused on as well.
….Because we have limited space and resources, smaller papers are generally limited to covering the horse race — the day in-day out happenings on the campaign trail.
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