March 31, 2006

Balanced Views

Sometimes, I get the idea that most of the speed dial numbers on every AP reporter's phone are for "activists":

Plans for a Pentagon-led experiment that involves detonating 700 tons of explosives in the desert drew criticism from state leaders and a disarmament activist.

... [blah, blah blah] ...

Disarmament activist Pete Litster said tests at the site violate international law. Litster, executive director of the Shundahai Network, said the site belongs to the Western Shoshone Indian tribe.

Why is it so difficult to get folks to understand that this constitutes editorializing in what is ostensibly a news story? There is no news here, just a transcribed press release from someone with a constituency of, well, himself and, apparently, AP reporters.

Posted by Charles Austin at March 31, 2006 05:48 PM