Union-Tribune editors on Jan. 11 had to deal with how to present to readers a vulgarity uttered by President Donald Trump. It wasn’t the first time. Editor/Publisher Jeff Light and Managing Editor Lora Cicalo made the call on “s***hole,” which the president used to describe some countries during a White House meeting on immigration. Cicalo and Light made a similar decision in October 2016, when Trump was heard on a tape from the Access Hollywood TV show using vulgarities.
Readers gave a hefty response to this question last week: Is it valid to criticize an editorial or the editorial pages as “biased”? It’s a reader complaint that has often popped up. The premise behind the query is aren’t editorial pages inherently “biased”? Some readers took the opportunity to focus on what they see as biased coverage in news stories reporting on the White House, particularly articles by The New York Times and Washington Post that they infer as unfair to President Trump.
Is an editorial page open for criticism for being “biased”? Of course readers can disagree with an editorial or op-ed or an editorial board’s general point of view, but can it be knocked for “bias”? I believe a newspaper’s editorial page is inherently biased — that’s the way it is meant to be. A few years ago I was the letters editor and would write some editorials. Editorial writer Chris Reed gave me a key piece of advice: An opinion piece must say something; it needs to take a position.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".