People have always talked about biases in the media. Some say the media favors the Republican Party, and some say the media has a soft spot for the Democrats.
However, media outlets, or at least one of them, have been leaning another way by favoring themselves.
Just a few days ago, ABC World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff and his photographer Doug Vogt were injured in Baghdad when the vehicle they were riding in was attacked.
Shortly after, the story was the centerpiece on cable and network news websites.
But after a day, the story was replaced by other important stories-except on http://www.abcnews.com.
Even when Coretta Scott King died, Bob Woodruff was still on top. When Judge Samuel Alito was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Bob Woodruff still reigned supreme.
If you wanted to read about the life and accomplishments of King or Alito, you had to wade through the message board icons, graphics of what might have happened in the attack, how injured Woodruff and Vogt were, and several videos of things the two were doing in Baghdad.
While it is sad that Bob Woodruff may never be able to return to the air, ABC News, and any other media outlet who may have a similar type of tragedy befall them, should stick to their jobs, and give consumers all of the news-not just what affects the outlet the most.
Because of ABC’s approach to covering Woodruff, it makes it seem as if the over 2,000 brave men and women who died in Iraq are not as important, when they definitely are.
Where’s their message board? Where’s their tribute? Maybe if you scroll through the videos of Bob Woodruff eating ice cream in Baghdad, you may find them at the bottom, next to the Woodruff’s biography and a sidebar story about him rolling over.
Sidney Wright IV for the editorial board.