Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Houston daily showing bias in

The Houston daily published this story, written by an AP writer, about one of the participants in Sunday's Super Bowl but neglected to point out the subject of the story, Rocky Bernard, is from Baytown, 30 miles from Houston. Rocky played his college ball at Texas A&M.

Then, today, the Houston daily assigns one of its staff writers to do this piece about another Super Bowl participant, Casey Hampton, who's from Galveston, 60 miles from Houston. Hampton played his college ball at the University of Texas.

It's tempting to conclude that the Houston daily's decision makers are showing bias. Rocky from Baytown and A&M gets the wire service treatment (which fails to mention his hometown) while Casey from Galveston and UT gets the staff-written treatment (including mention of his hometown), especially since the Houston daily is full of Texas Exes who wear orange underpants and recently put orange all over their Web site.

But that's hard to imagine, that they would show such bias, which would be "unethical."

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