Presidential politics is an ugly, dirty business and the news media often gets dragged into the fray for no reason at all.
I had one reader send an email Thursday morning wanting to know why we did not have a headline screaming that Romney won the debate. The reader said that every other newspaper in the country did.
We know that is not true.
Most newspapers, just like ours, treat big political stories like the national conventions and presidential debates very carefully. There is a lot of scrutiny these days over whether there is a bias with our coverage. We bend over backwards to cover the story fairly. We try to run photos of both candidates and we tend to be neutral with our headlines.
Most small newspapers rely on The Associated Press to cover the event and provide sidebars and analysis. We have great respect for The Associated Press and in my 33 years in newspapers, I have never had a reason to believe that The Associated Press takes political sides.
It is not the news media’s business to say who won or lost a debate. Each person can make up their own mind because it is so subjective.
Our packaging of The Associated Press coverage of the debate was fair and detailed. Each person who watched the debate can make up their own mind who they want to be the next president.
- Ken Tingley