No legitimate sources

No legitimate sources

PE Bias Grade : F

By: Allen Nitschelm on April 8, 2019 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Handling of Mueller report defended
Date 04/05/2019
Article Link N/A
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Katie Benner
Article Summary

Attorney General defends how it released report in wake of anonymous criticism by New York Times.

Share This Story

The New York Times has made it their norm to use confidential sources to attack President Trump. It helps them construct their narrative that Trump is so bad, even his employees and subordinates are leaking state secrets. That there has been a “deep state” conspiracy against President Trump is now an open secret, based on the Mueller Report conclusions.

Confidential sources carry much risk. Readers cannot weigh any personal, political, or other bias of the source. So readers have to assume that reporters properly and professionally vet the sources, an assumption that is very likely untrue given the bias in media coverage. We know that at least some reporters feel that professionalism is not as important as having political change. So reporting against the President using confidential sources is suspect. But what today’s article describes is much worse.

The recent Times story says that the summary Attorney General Barr wrote when he sent the conclusions of the Mueller Report to Congress takes it too easy on President Trump. This is based on what some Mueller investigators (most of whom are highly partisan) told associates, who then spoke with the Times reporters. How many investigators felt that Attorney General Barr was misleading the public with his conclusions is unknown, and based on this chain of knowledge, it could be zero. Perhaps the “associates” misunderstood what was said, and in any case, the reporter evidently didn’t talk with the Mueller investigator directly, so had no way to independently test or confirm any of the information. Thus, this isn’t an example of a “confidential” source, it is a third-hand confidential source.

A confidential source is problematic, but a once-removed confidential source is 10x worse.

Today’s update on the Barr summary is another examples of biased journalism, this time labeling President Trump’s reaction to the NYT reporting as “false.”

“Trump attacked the article, falsely asserting on Twitter that Times reporters relied on ‘no legitimate sources,’ a longstanding tactic of his to try to dismiss news reports that portray him negatively.” Is what President Trump asserted “false”? Did the New York Times take a step too far in reporting on what a Mueller investigator allegedly told a source who then spoke to the Times?

Or, more likely, did the Times story confirm with the Mueller investigator who wished to remain in the background, because such a leak would not only undermine the Trump criticism but would implicate the Mueller Team in a partisan Witch Hunt?

Either way, the Times did not act professionally, and the Globe/Times published a biased piece by unfairly labeling Trump’s criticism as false.

 

Author Rating

Rating: 1.0/10.

Description

There are no user ratings at the moment.

Subscriber Ratings & Comments

Please be sure you are logged in to Rate Boston Globe Articles or Post Comments.

Here is the article you are rating for journalistic bias: Handling of Mueller report defended

Rating scale in brief: 10 = A (No Bias) | 1 = F (Extreme Bias). For more details, please read Tips & Instructions below.

Please wait...

*Requires minimim of 5 Ratings to be displayed

Leave A Comment

Grading articles for bias is subjective. We hope that with widespread participation, we can give the reporters and editors at the Boston Globe valuable feedback on their professional work. Here are our suggestions for grading news articles for bias. (We do not rate editorial opinion columns for bias. But we do analyze the Boston Globe for overall editorial balance.)

Consider whether the article is completely free of bias (a grade of 10 or A), has been mostly free of bias (8 or 9, A- or B+), has been biased but not terribly or where the bias did not hurt the integrity of the underlying information (7 or 6, B or B-).

If the article was fairly biased overall, but subtle; or where the bias was particularly prominent but isolated to a single section, give the article a 5 or 4 (C+ or C). If the article was very biased but perhaps not intentionally so, perhaps a C- (3) would be deserved.

If the article was extremely prejudiced with major misstatements of fact, intentionally misleading, or ignored well known facts to advance a false narrative, give the article a D or F (2 or 1).

Reviewers must subscribe to Public Editor and agree to our terms of service to participate. Subscriptions are currently free. We recommend that all readers subscribe to the Boston Globe or the newspaper of their choice to support journalism, and to send the Boston Globe your feedback directly. Thank you for participating in Public Editor’s bias rating project!

Leave A Comment

Subject

Rating: 1.0/10.

Description