October 30, 2012 2:33 am at 2:33 am #605568Torah613TorahParticipant
My observation is that (1) left-wing newspapers tend to be better written than right-wing papers, (2)tend to disguise bias better than right-wing papers, and (3)there is an inverse sliding scale of editorial quality as papers moves to the right.
Example: Haaretz vs. Mekor Rishon in Eretz Yisrael, New York Times vs. Wall Street Journal.
In our community, a milder example would be Hamodia vs. Yated Neeman, where Hamodia is ever so slightly less right wing but it is far less strident in tone. I enjoy the pride in ones belief expressed by Yated Neeman – this is just an observation.
What do you think?
Disclaimer: Obviously both have their excellent writers – Mark Steyn, Krauthammer vs Tom Friedman et al.October 30, 2012 3:23 am at 3:23 am #901270
Mostly agreed. Though your observations are mostly limited to the top tier of national newspapers. It isn’t as applicable to regional and small town periodicals. The liberal publications in those areas tend to be on an equal footing as their conservative counterparts.
That being said, the liberals dominate the news publishing (and broadcasting) business. There are far far fewer conservative outlets. So it is somewhat incomparable to make an overall observation.
Additionally, your example of the Wall Street Journal is a poor choice. The WSJ is actually a liberal leaning paper on it news pages (or at least it was until Murdoch bought it; it may have become slightly less so since, but it is still more liberal than conservative on the news side), though its editorial pages are famously conservative. Also, the WSJ is as well written as the NYT.
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