Sunday, March 14, 2004 bias here

I read about this nonsense last week, but it bears repeating again.

A biased editorial policy on abortion at the Los Angeles Times was taken too far when an entertainment section's review of Richard Strauss' opera "Die Frau Ohne Schatten" was called "an incomparably glorious and goofy anti-abortion paean."

"Its about children who aren't born yet screaming to be born -- not abortion," said Mark Swed, the Times music critic who wrote the review as a "pro-life" performance, referring to its celebratory depiction of life. "Somebody who didn't quite get it got a little bit too politically correct ... and we had a little breakdown in communications."

A copy editor had followed a Times' policy to replace all references to "pro-life" with "anti-abortion," without considering the context of the statement. The change implied a bent on the abortion issue either in the play or in the reviewer's interpretation thereof -- an idea that Swed did not want conveyed in a piece bearing his name.


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