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posted: 8/5/2013 4:40 AM

Not all pols equal to Daily Herald

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Not all pols equal to Daily Herald

The Daily Herald's screaming headline from Saturday July 27, "Ethics probe into Roskam's trip" splashed across 11 1/2 inches was meant not to inform, but to convict the congressman. When the reader turned to Page 9 to see the rest of the story they would have not been surprised if they saw a photo of the congressman being walked out of his office in handcuffs by FBI agents.

My parents taught me as a child that its "not what you say, but how you say it" and I believe that the average reader knows that the election season kicked off with that headline and who you will be supporting.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, Jim Slusher's editorial piece "Editorial voice and the question of judgments" is spot on -- A question of judgment. The Daily Herald's headline on Roskam and the supposedly investigative piece on Rep. Schakowsky, located below the newspaper fold in much smaller type, just confirms what most readers know -- all politicians are equal, but some (Democrats) are more equal.

I was trying to remember what I was taught while I was in grammar school so many years ago regarding "yellow journalism" and I thought I would look up the definition but I am afraid I would see the Daily Herald's headline on Roskam as the example.

I long for the days that a newspaper reported the news and didn't slant it. But I guess that is when universities taught students and didn't try to indoctrinate them.

Steve Gillis


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