Paired examples can be used to demonstrate bias in quite a simple way. In May, we noted that the media had instantly decided that Syria's president, Bashar Assad, had been personally responsible for the massacre of women and children in Houla. Within hours of the massacre being reported, a cartoon in the Guardian depicted Assad with his mouth and face smeared with blood. We recalled that, in March, a US soldier had shot dead 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children. We asked what kind of evidence the media would have required before finding Barack Obama (and even Michelle Obama) personally responsible for this or any other massacre. It is inconceivable that the Guardian would have published a comparable cartoon with Obama's face smeared with blood so soon after a massacre had been reported.
Read the whole article: 'Sworn Enemies'? A Response To George Monbiot.