NYT bias against Larry Summers
Here's my first-hand account as a journalist of bias in a New York Times story about a study about the intellectuall differences/similarities of males and females, where it referred to controversial remarks by former Harvard president and Bush economic adviser.
The story said Summers said there were innate "deficiencies" between men and women, when in fact he said, according to the Boston Globe story that broke the news in 2005, "differences." Why would the story get that wrong? The reporter? An editor?
The story also failed to mention that Donna Shalala, who led the story, was President Clinton's secretary of health and human services. How come? Why omit that?
The story also had "innate" in quotes, but not other statements by Summers. Why is that so special? Innate is not so odd a word that it need to be emphasized, and its meaning wasn't changed through Summers' statement.
This story was picked up as a wire piece for the Sept. 19 front page of a small daily newspaper where I am an editor. I thankfully caught these quickly and had the story fixed. Our version will get it right.