Gannett Strikes Again

Times Reporter |  8-4-2017

On August 4, 2017, Manitowoc’s Times Reporter (among other Gannett Media-operated newspapers in Wisconsin) featured the following story:

President Trump’s strong-arm tactics backfire in Senate, experts say

First, read the story here.

WMC will not engage in the debate over whether Trump’s tactics do or don’t work.  However, WMC does call into question Gannett’s supposed “experts.”

Take for example, Joshua Huder, who is cited as an expert in this piece. Certainly, his status as a “senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University” likely qualifies him to opine on government-related issues; however, what Gannett doesn’t reveal to the reader is Mr. Huder’s clear anti-Trump bias. For instance, take some of his tweets:

Or, what about fellow “expert,” James Thurber?  A little digging by WMC reveals that Mr. Thurber was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Hubert H. Humphrey, Bill Brock, Adlai Stevenson III, and U.S. Representative David Obey (all Democrats). He also worked with then-Senator Barack Obama on ethics and lobbying reforms.

Now, perhaps these gentlemen have the academic credentials to serve as “experts,” but one wonders how much credence their “expert opinions” would be given by the reading public if their affiliations were made known.

Choosing experts that hold a clear bias and failing to disclose that bias constitutes bias by selection of sources and omission.


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