Blatant Bias

Posted on March 28, 2005
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National Public Radio reported last week that Houston schools have been implicated in a cheating scandal after scores on the state's "high-stakes" graduation test in some Texas school districts made suspicious leaps.

The way NPR reported the story is worrisome enough. But perhaps as troublesome is the way the story was characterized by the Dallas Morning News reporter, who stated:

"The vast majority of teachers are honest people and wouldn't think of doctoring their students' results on standardized tests, but unfortunately in a high pressure, high stakes environment, some teachers are going to cross the ethical line."

Media bias is sometimes subtle.  In this case, it's blatant.  It's hard to imagine the same reporter writing about the Enron scandal that:

"The vast majority of executives of energy companies are honest people and wouldn't think of doctoring their companies' books, but unfortunately in a high pressure, highly-regulated environment, some executives are going to cross the ethical line."

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