Media Bias Ensures Election Of The Mediocre
A more accurate title, however, would have been, "Going Head to Head to Head." You see, there weren't two candidates debating; there were three.
Rather than simply reporting what happened, however, the newspaper decided to trivialize the third candidate who participated in the debate. After all, why let voters decide for themselves how much weight to give to someone with something different to say?
Instead, here is the beginning and end of the coverage of the third candidate's comments: "Libertarian candidate and Pierce College professor Pamela Brown also participated." That's it. That's all readers got to find out about one-third of the participants in the debate.
As for the other two candidates, guess what the newspaper concluded? "20th District State Senate Race Forum Revealed More Similarities Than Differences Between Democratic Candidates Padilla and Montañez."
Well, of COURSE there are "more similarities than differences" between them, because they are the only kinds of candidates local papers cover. And -- surprise, surprise -- only a small fraction of the voters ever bothers to show up to vote on these indistinguishable clones.
Nor is this a case of some kook candidate who wears an aluminum foil hat to avoid unauthorized mind control. Pamela Brown is a college professor. She has a Ph. D. in economics, for goodness' sake. And all voters get to know about her is that she "also participated?!"
Reporters should report, not filter.