Need proof that the mainstream news media lean to the left? Keep reading.

It’s one of the most blatant examples of media bias I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot of them.

It appeared in Wednesday’s Detroit Free Press, under
the headline “Therapy to change gays’ orientation to be
reviewed,” and was written – sort of – by Associated
Press reporter David Crary. I say he sort-of wrote it because the Free Press ran
only a portion of his piece – about how hundreds of
psychological, educational and ministry groups are questioning the
objectivity of an American Psychological Association (APA) committee
considering whether it’s ethical to offer therapy to patients who
are dissatisfied living homosexually.

In and of itself, this is not unusual. Most of the articles you see
in your local paper bearing the letters “AP” in the byline
have been truncated. That’s the beauty of The Associated Press
for newspapers – the stories are written in a style that makes
them easy to shorten. In journalism jargon, that style is called
“the inverted pyramid” – meaning the most important
facts come early in the story, so if you have to remove some paragraphs
to make it fit on a page, you can usually just lop off a few at the
end. The reporter has consciously constructed the story so that even if
tightening is necessary, you’ll still get a good feel for both
sides of the issue.

That is, indeed, the way David Crary wrote his story – a
balanced piece giving people on both sides of a contentious issue the
opportunity to make their best arguments. In papers all over the
country – the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Arizona Republic, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Columbus Dispatch,
to name just a few – the essence of his effort was preserved, no
matter how short the story had to be rendered to fit on the page.

Not so, alas, in the Free Press.

Whoever edited the story there went beyond excising a few paragraphs
toward the bottom; instead, he or she removed the comments of every one
of the four people who expressed socially conservative views. The only
sources directly quoted are two people on the other side of the debate
– one of whom gets his quote from the story repeated in larger
type (known in the news business as a “read-out” or

You don’t have to take my word for this. Click here and see for yourself. What you’ll find is the full version of Crary’s story, and how it was edited by the Free Press. As further proof we aren’t making up these edits, click here to see a copy of the story as it appeared in the newspaper.

I e-mailed Caesar Andrews, executive editor of the Free Press, to air my grievances. This is what he wrote back:

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