Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Following Up

A request:

"Why not a post asking people comment on the biases they perceive from Portland media types? I've got a couple in mind, and I wonder if others have noticed the same. "

Okay. What do you "percieve"?

Lots of people love to slam the Oregonian for its liberal bias, but everyone knows Fred Stickel is one of the most conservative bosses in town.

The Willamette Week, the Trib? Does covering oodles of crime make KPTV liberal or conservative? Do you think Steve Duin leans to the left or the right?

We've always known that if you do a piece someone's ox will be gored.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the orginial question is wrong. Why confine the bias to left and right. The Bias in news is decidingly corporate. Whichever political party will benifit the corporate ownership gets the advantage in the newsroom. At this time in History its the Republicans that offer the most to corporate America so they recieve the best coverage.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 8:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet... before listing the media bias you perceive.. what's your bias? I bet the above poster is anti corporate.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:32:00 AM  
Blogger KPTV-Watch said...

"The Bias in news is decidingly corporate." You got that right. KPTV isn't the Fox News channel. It DOES promote fear and use cheesy VNRs (I think) as news. Speaking of which, here's a heads-up on an opportunity to be a fake reporter: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/tfr/80690708.html : "Articulate, personable non-union actress with a mature-attitude (MUST look ADULT - mid- 30’s) to play Female TV Reporter for a Video News Release related to internet child abuse problems." ...Coming soon to KPTV, no doubt, where she'll be "KPTV's 'Jane Doe'..."

For what it's worth, if you'd like to see a story-by-story look at KPTV on nightly basis - with a good dose of humor - I hope you'll check-out ktpvwatch.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there Mr. KPTV watch. It's awfully flattering that you've devoted so much time to our little newscast. If you'd bother to log all other local newscasts, you'd find many of the same local stories. Including the story about the teenager beaten up. Only KGW and KPTV got the interview with the family, and both stations ran with it last night. You'd also find many of the same national and world news stories missing. Right or wrong, it is what it is. I'm not sure where you get your VNR information, but you're wrong. You oughta check your own facts before you slam us for supposedly not checking ours.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody who checks out each story on each newscast has way too much time on his hands.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But at least KPTV-Watch has a cool hat.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

got a little personal ax to grind there mr. hat?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:40:00 PM  
Blogger pdx_photoman said...

>>If you'd bother to log all other local newscasts, you'd find many of the same local stories... You'd also find many of the same national and world news stories missing.<<

"This could be company motto emblazoned in gold letters over the entrance: We're No Worse Than The Other Guy."
--Tom Peters

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger KPTV-Watch said...

"This could be company motto emblazoned in gold letters over the entrance: We're No Worse Than The Other Guy."
--Tom Peters"

As for KPTV's use of VNR's, well, I said I "thought" you guys used them. Are you going to claim that you weren't using them as recently as a few months ago?

Oh, and since we're on the subject of pre-packaged stories, how about that fast-breaking "cooties on the lipstick" thing you guys ran last week? Two other stations in the market ran it, but they at least had the integrity to identify the on-camera talent as being from CNN. YOU guys, of course, claimed the reporter as "KPTV's." No, that's not technically a VNR, but it's the same principle.

When are you guys going to start Photoshopping Wayne Garcia's head onto the outside reporter's body?

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 1:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed occassional but overtly opinionated remarks from KATU's Dan Tilken, and I've noticed John Capell really skew some political stories as well, and both to the right. I definitely would not say KATU leans right, though. I've just noticed these two people don't always hide their personal biases. And there's nothing wrong with being a conservative. I'm hardly a liberal, and I'm no Democrat, either. I just thought I'd remind these two people to work harder to keep their biases to themselves.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 8:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stickel may be "...one of the most conservative bosses..." but he's a businessman first and defintely caters to a predominantly liberal community when it comes to the national scene.

I think the O's balance is much better when it comes to the local issues and wish they'd put more $ into the home team rather than spending big bucks on some of the more blatantly biased national outlets.

Editorially, it's not too hard to see where the O is coming from. Would be interesting to sit in on a meeting with Stickel, Rowe and Bahtia to see just who has the real horsepower when a controversial editorial position is developed.

Thursday, June 30, 2005 9:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can anyone say the O is liberal? They have written umpteen editorials against a publicly-owned utility, are totally in bed with the business community, and oppose same-sex marriage.

Thursday, June 30, 2005 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This Just In...

Video News Releases SUCK.

I'm Karen Ryan, reporting live.

Now back to the studio, filled with over-paid, under-worked "reporters" too lazy to go out and report REAL NEWS".

Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:04:00 PM  
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