May 2016 blatant news bias exhibited by Steamboat Today
school board members victimized by unfair reporting and irresponsible editing
Here's a recap of some shady reporting by the Steamboat Today newspaper and my doubts about the journalistic neutrality of reporter Teresa Ristow and editor Lisa Schlichtman. These concerns are reinforced by the newspaper Editorial Board's blessing of teachers union goals and disparagement of school board members Roger Good and Joey Andrew for their justified resistance. Readers were fed news through a prism's left facet only, omitting pertinent facts.
The newspaper editorially aligned with unionized teachers in a contentious and intriguing run-up to annual teachers' contract negotiations seating DAUGHTER demanding higher salaries across the bargaining table from MOM on the school board — NO CONFLICT! (sarcasm). The local newspaper cared not! Why would you? Compare Steamboat Today's coverage with rare, competitive news reporting by Complete Colorado following the local paper's dismissal of conflict-of-interest and mom's campaign funding prank. Tone deaf to taxpayers, the paper sidestepped deeper deficit spending concerns.
online Thurs., paper Fri. May 27
Exhibit B: Steamboat Today editorial support of teachers collective bargaining stance on Page 8A — Wednesday June 1, 2016
Exhibit C: contrast Steamboat Today's superficial coverage with reports by Complete Colorado click the header banner Page 2, under LOCAL select Steamboat Springs category: Negotiator's mom changes tune... — Monday June 6, 2016 see also reports on 2/4/2016 and 11/3/2015
In Exhibit A, page 2, bottom of middle column, Ristow's sympathetic coverage quoted teachers union leader Babette Dickson:
"I declare the war against (school board members Roger) Good and (Joey) Andrew"
I asked Editor Schlichtman if her reporter had asked Roger Good for a reaction to Dickson's personally-directed vitriol, as would be Ristow's duty in any contentious story. Schlichtman emailed me back:
To my knowledge, Teresa has attempted to contact Roger for each story. I know he did not return phone calls for the second story. That is my expectation for my reporters and she has already followed that protocol. She is out of town for the Memorial Day Weekend camping and so I am unable to confirm directly with her.
I pressed Ms. Schlichtman for clarification and once again on Monday:
I have asked you 3 times without definitive answer. It's reporter Ristow's duty to ask the accused for response. Was that overture made to Roger Good Thursday?
She did not call Roger for Thursday's article but did for Wednesday. She talked to Joey and assumed both Joey and Roger did not want to respond.
- Exhibit A: Steamboat Today front-page news sweetheart story bumping conflict-of-interest dispute to page 2 —
My email response 2 minutes later:
I believe the newspaper owes an apology to Mr. Good. What do you think?
The editor backed her reporter's failure to perform obligatory due-diligence.
I do not agree but thanks for the suggestion. I've been in communication with Roger and will talk to him directly. No need for a middle man.
You can bet had Good or Andrew personally attacked Dickson with fighting words, Steamboat Today would have harvested a response from Dickson, and played it up as front page news! This is a lesson in real-world reportorial bias by the local paper, which has no shame. Schlichtman remains in charge of the newsroom 2 years later. Nothing to see here, readership, move along.
How USA mega-media twists your news to align with its bias
GRAND ECHO CHAMBER: Predominantly coastal news institutions anchored in Manhattan, Washington DC, California and Atlanta's CNN tend to repeat and reflect common anti-conservative narratives ad infinitum, through republication and rebroadcast of liberal colleagues agonizing over perceived evils: gun violence by society's crazed (no exemption for NRA members), delusional climate change deniers, racial discrimination by white people only and the abuse of dazzling females by powerful, rich males (victims without celebrity lawyers get overlooked). The closely associated press believes the world would be better off if only these identified evils were to be extinguished by co-ordinated, obsessive, spotlighting-to-death. Idealism is elusive — reality is not binary; it is nuanced and complex. Individual kindness and empowerment based on unvarnished facts, not the media's incessant scolding, achieve justice.
SATURATION COVERAGE: Imagine a lion, violently shaking its prey side-to-side, in the Kill. With that same ferocity, lefties running the media lock in to narratives they find simply irresistible, prolonging selective coverage resonating for months within their echo chamber. Intrigue and endless speculation on the dirt Robert Mueller has on the President, Stormy Daniels Today, excusing all illegal immigrants with profound sympathetic coverage advocating revocation of our nation's sovereignty, it's the glorious achievement of the "nattering nabobs of negativity" as Nixon's VP Spiro Agnew observed. After all, this is the national news media that simply cannot move on from immigration indignities, sacrificing important news deemed politically-incorrect. The media relentlessly brutalizes their Kill, dedicated to crusading for the reforms they push. Yes, snowflakes, the media actually has an agenda to crown Democratic candidates with halos as it demonizes the GOP, in advancing prospects for a BLUE mid-term House majority. Beat up the Russians for influencing our elections, but not the mighty pens of the New York Times / Washington Post axis! Recall Barack Obama's apologetic Beer Summit convened after he mistakenly backed a black professor arrested for clearly resisting Boston police. He who governed by executive order was reversed by his successor using that inherited power. The left's elite media oligarchy has only disdain for American fly-over state conservatives, deemed Neanderthal bumpkins.
IMPLAUSIBLE DENiABILITY: A corrupt news industry having incrementally moved the goal-posts of objectivity farther and farther left over the past generation is now defiant and resentful about being labelled an ENEMY. In editorials and commentary the media is vigorously denying, when it should be apologizing and implementing reforms to nip bias in the bud. Liberal journalism schools have infected contemporary newsrooms with groupthink ideology disgracing factual NEWS norms. With an arrogant fearlessness, today's empowered reporters often predigest facts for readers regarded as too dumb to discern for themselves right from wrong. Dan Rather and Brian Williams surrendered their CBS and NBC evening news anchor chairs for dishonest transgressions. Modern journalism tints the truth. Or co-ordinates a blackout of inappropriate news. For evidence of intent, consult AllSides.com.
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