Subtle Bias II

The media is doing it again.

A week ago it happened with Jeff Weise. Today, they’re doing it with Terri Schiavo. Look around the web, and you’ll see what I mean.

Drudge has this picture…

Yahoo news has this…

MSNBC heads their main story using this picture…

And still others, with this…

Yet, the reality of what Terri Schiavo has been the past decade is this.

…and this.

Is the media purposely displaying a young, healthy, attractive Terri Schiavo to emphasize a life snuffed out too soon? Are we more outraged when we see the “before” pictures?

If the Pope dies, will we see more pictures of him from the late ’80’s and early ’90’s than pictures of the past couple of days? Jerry Falwell has been ill lately – if he passes, will we see today’s bloated, fat version of Jerry or the 1970’s skinny hipster edition?

I wonder.

If you were running a news organization, which photos would you choose and why?


  1. I think it’s may be the opposite, the MSM trying to justify and sell that Terri’s life was ‘unretrievable’ to how it once was; that the pictures of a young, cute, vibrant woman would not want to look like she did over the last years. All of which may be true, but it’s bias all the same.

  2. Neil Reinhardt says:


    While I have little respect for the media there is NO media bias in using those pictures as they are showing her life.

    Jeeze, get a grip!

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