July 13, 2020

Biased article placement

Sometimes I wonder how you determine where to place articles in your paper.

For example, the article, “Congress’ failures historic” (BDN, Sept. 30-Oct. 1) ran on the front page above the fold. A quick read revealed this to be an opinion piece that, by the third paragraph, focused negatively on the Republican Party in general and the Bush administration in particular. This clearly belonged in or near the editorial section.

Conversely, on page A7 of the same edition, you ran “Rebel cleric orders followers to lay down arms.” This article was truly news, not opinion, and was more appropriate for the front page.

Editorial bias should at least be subtle.

John Mullins


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