Tuesday, July 01, 2008

So you're doing a story on reformulated gasoline

Wow, JS joins Fox News in the "Fair and Balanced" parade.

The paper did a big story on the merits, or lack thereof, of reformulated gasoline. The politicians it quoted were US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville), and State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).

Think there might be a bias there?

Not to worry. To balance things, the paper quoted a guy from Wisconsin Manufacture & Commerce.


But wait, there's more -- a man who owns a big truck who didn't like paying more for gas, who contributed this:

"With gas prices what they are, evein if it was better for the air, I wouldn't be happy about paying more."

Fox should be running scared with competition like this.


Anonymous said...

Yeah... okay, but Gretch,

Did the EPA have any data supporting the mandate or not?

Just askin'

Gretchen Schuldt said...


The EPA is studying the issue, but believes reformulated gas cuts volatile organic compounds and the DNR says it cuts carbon monoxide.

I don't know if reformulated gas is worth keeping or not -- that wasn't the point. The JS' story was like covering the presidential race by talking only people aligned with Barack Obama or covering the merits of the Iraq War only by talking to Donald Rumsfeld. Why should readers trust the reporting?

Patrick said...

So your idea is to reject the whole premise of the story because some republicans are against reformulated gas? Should I reject stories about the homeless because they quote Gwen Moore? And you're not the least bit concerned that reformulated gas might have no benefit at all--at least none documented by the EPA?

That's deep analysis to be sure.

Gretchen Schuldt said...

Patrick --

No, that's not my idea and that is not what I said.

It was a not-very-good reporting job where the sources apparently were picked to support a point of view. Might environmentalists and Dems share that point of view? Sure, but we don't know because the reporters didn't bother to tell us.

And I didn't say or even hint that I didn't care about reformulated gas -- I just didn't deal with in in this particular post.