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DI bias is obvious

In response to the letter that accuses the editors of The Daily Iowan of political bias for daring to show some support for Rudy Giuliani, I have to say that the DI shows evidence of political bias on a daily basis. I think the recent column about the current Republican primary runs shows this very well.

Although attempting to make any sense of primary runs over a year before the actual elections is a fool’s errand, the column makes fun of the candidates, declaring that we should “get in on this shit” and “get weird on these mofos.” I must first comment that these statements continue the height of expression and eloquence I have come to expect from this university, especially in the wake of the Lewin e-mails. That said, the article then continues on to ridicule the Republican candidates with little tact or attempts at fairness. This resembles the so-called “book reviews” of the GOP candidates this summer, which degenerated into bashing of the candidates themselves.

I see little evidence of any political leanings outside of overtly liberal ones in the DI, save the basically neutral articles from the Associated Press. When this is pooled together, it becomes clear that the DI has a strong liberal bias. That’s all right; the paper generally doesn’t try to hide it and is mostly civil about it, and I can accept that. However, it is folly for anyone to try to act as though this is not the case, and I think people should come to accept the leanings of this paper that, with its leanings or without, has won many awards and is generally a journalistic example to people on campus.

JohnPatrick Brown
UI junior

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