Paul Sheehan in the Sydney Morning Herald does the mother of all fiskings on the New York Times’ story on John McCain.
I won’t even quote from it, because you need to read the whole thing. But it really is a template for all future fiskings.
It is also an important lesson in how subtle bias can be. They find the article:
- had 13 negative and anonymous attributions
- undermined a positive fact seven times with “but”
- repeatedly turns ethical actions of McCain into innuendo of hypocrisy
It is a classic case of twisting the facts to fit the story.Tags: fisking, John McCain, Media, media bias, New York Times, Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald