Agenda driven news?

Readers of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel in the Dec. 31 edition were treated to a front page with the headline “Village mourns second child dead in U.S. custody.” This was not the first headline covering this tragedy as reported by the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Wednesday’s edition, Dec. 26, the front page headline read “2nd Guatemalan child dies in immigration custody.”

In the past few days, much smaller and less conspicuous articles were:

“Nigeria says 14 killed in Boko Haram ambush” Wed., Dec. 26

“Police: Missouri man shot girlfriend, her kids, mother” Sun., Dec 30

Must have missed this one: ABC news reported that on Sunday, Dec. 30 “authorities are searching for a gunman after a 7-year-old girl was shot dead in a Walmart parking lot in Houston on Sunday as the girl sat in her car with her mother and three other children.”

Other random headlines recently, and the list is nearly endless:

The Chicago Tribune reported Oct. 7 “2 year-old boy killed, 18 year-old wounded in Hermosa shooting”

Oct. 14, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Oct. 30 “Boy dies, man wounded in drive-by shooting on South Side”

“2-year old killed after fight at house party leads to gunfire.” Oct. 7 Chicago Tribune.

Reported Sept. 30 “Chicago’s violent Labor Day weekend leaves at least 6 dead; more than 1,000 shot since Memorial Day”

Reported Nov. 18 “Two people have been killed and at least 18 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend.”

Another Chicago report; Nov. 1 “Woman shot, killed in front of family inside parked car on Halloween”

ABC news April 14, 2018 “Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children, killed more than 2,000 teachers”

I do not have perfect memory, but I do not think I recall seeing this information in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. A quick google search did not turn them up.

Also “Police: Man in US Illegally kills California cop from Fiji” made the Parkersburg News and Sentinel on line edition dated Dec. 28, but did not appear in the print edition.

It is my opinion that The Parkersburg News and Sentinel is not fooling many of its readers. The agenda has become obvious since November 2016.

Yea, I know. “We just pick up news items from the major players” (AP, Reuters, etc). Just seems odd that it slants pretty much one way.

When is the last time you read any major positive economic news on the front page?

Larry Reed

Parkersburg

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