March 15, 2004

Misunderstood Mom or Mad Murderer?

3_21_031204_csectionwoman.jpg Fox News

AP--SALT LAKE CITY The woman charged with murder for allegedly refusing a Caesarean section (search) that doctors say would have saved her twins pleaded not guilty Monday.

Since this story is just developing, I want to do a little experiment based upon the news coverage in this case.

After reading Sophie Treadwell's Machinal and the portrayal of reporters as biased story-creators (not reporters), I have decided to ask you, wonderful blogging pals, for a favor.

Which source, Fox News, Reuters, or KSL-online coverage, is the most sympathetic? Objective? Or can't you tell the difference?

If you can find an article that is completely one way or another, please post a link. I would love to talk about this.

What made the piece biased? The selection of quotes, the author's voice? How does the view of the organization or reporter intrude upon the facts of the case?

I urge everyone to participate, even if it is a few words.

I am not stating my opinion right now, but who knows? Maybe I will let something slip in my coverage. :) Or have I already. The woman looks so much like Charlize Theron in Monster it is creepy--put upon creepy.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at March 15, 2004 7:14 PM

No one participated. I am sad.

Posted by: Amanda at March 22, 2004 12:21 AM

I wonder if you might have gotten more "bites" had copied the leads from each of these stories and maybe a quote or two... that way, people could at least form a basic opinion without having to click on three whole links (which is sometimes apparently too much for casual readers!). Just a thought.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at April 12, 2004 9:33 PM

I will do that--Thanks for the tip.

I think that I posted too much journalism in succession. That was a factor too.

Posted by: Amanda at April 13, 2004 12:03 PM
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