Talk:Express (newspaper)

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We really do only have one operational printer. Why can't we leave this up there?

It is very interesting to compare this article with the one on its competitor, the other freely distributed daily newspaper in the Washington DC area, the Washington Examiner. The contrast is stark. There, we find heavy emphasis on the political leanings of the Examiner (an entire section of the article is entitled "Political Views"), with the gist being that it is partisan right-wing -- and therefore, it is implied, marginal, biased, and unreliable. The background of its owner is given at length, and again political leanings are stressed. The editorial endorsements it has given to Republican Presidential candidates are also emphasized, all of which loaded information is presented merely as if in service of Wikipedia objective comprehensive information, neutrality and truth. It is also stated that it was set up to be a counter-balance to the Washington Post (which, it is thereby tacitly admitted, is a left-wing paper). No documentation of that specific motivation is made. But here, on the Express page and in stark contrast, we are told nothing about any political leanings. There is no section at all on "Political views." So it does not appear that the paper has any political leanings at all, much less that it is highly partisan and left-wing (and therefore unreliable). We are informed of the mere fact that it is part of the Washington Post group of newspapers, but that is basically all we learn about its background and connections, and of course there is no observation concerning the left-wing bias of the Washington Post. There is nothing about any editorial endorsements of political candidates, nor in fact do we learn about any of the major foci of the paper's reporting. Here, strangely enough, there seems to be no need for objective comprehensive information in the service of neutrality and truth. Interesting. What is sauce for the goose is not sauce for the gander. The left is never biased, but is instead merely disinterested, objective and non-partisan. Nothing there to remark on nor to probe.

That's because there is no officially-stated bias. Express doesn't have an opinion section, largely publishes wire copy, and has never put a strong focus on political opinions — but rather, aggregates news analysis from numerous sources, including the AP and the Washington Post. They don't even publish letters to the editor. When was the last time Express sponsored a political debate? Unlike the Examiner, they haven't. To put this another way, they leave the opinion to the Post, which has a robust opinion section. 75.95.28.34 (talk) 20:07, 28 October 2012 (UTC)