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The Motive Double Standard
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One of the ways press coverage gets slanted is that some people get their motives questioned, while others do not. A great example is the front of today's New York Times metro section. "Expansion of Bike Lanes in City Brings Backlash," is the headline over one article about a "backlash" that for the purposes of the Times article consists of exactly two quoted individuals. The first is Leslie Sicklick, 45, "a dog walker and substitute teacher." The other is Norman Steisel, "a former sanitation commissioner and deputy mayor." The article doesn't say or probe whether Mr. Steisel or Ms. Sicklick wanted jobs in the Bloomberg administration, or whether they know how to ride bikes, or whether they are just people who don't like change.

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The Motive Double Standard
futureofcapitalism.com

One of the ways press coverage gets slanted is that some people get their motives questioned, while others do not. A great example is the front of today's New York Times metro section. "Expansion of Bike Lanes in City Brings Backlash," is the headline over one article about a "backlash" that for the purposes of the Times article consists of exactly two quoted individuals. The first is Leslie Sicklick, 45, "a dog walker and substitute teacher." The other is Norman Steisel, "a former sanitation commissioner and deputy mayor." The article doesn't say or probe whether Mr. Steisel or Ms. Sicklick wanted jobs in the Bloomberg administration, or whether they know how to ride bikes, or whether they are just people who don't like change.

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