For years we’ve trumpeted the call here that bias in the state media as it relates to coverage of Alabama and Auburn is rampant, blatant and predictable. One of the state’s bell cows is AL.com.
The latest exhibit? Its coverage of two arrests this week.
First, the arrest of Alabama’s Cyrus Jones. Jones’s arrest was featured on three different spots on the AL.com front page: At the top left block of the page, midway down the page and in the sports stories at the bottom of the page.
Now, enter Auburn’s Elijah Daniel. Go find the Daniel story on AL.com. Go on. I dare you. At the time of this article, you have to have the dedication of a Chilean miner in order to find it.
The Cyrus story was a big red banner across the top. “BREAKING NEWS,” if you will, up all day like a thief in the town square stocks. The Daniel story, an alleged REAL thief? The 5th story down the page.
Bias? You be the judge.
Simply, in the state media, with AL.com being the best example of such, Auburn negatives are downplayed and positives are magnified. In contrast, Alabama negatives are magnified and positives are downplayed. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember.
Just further evidence that bias in the state media’s coveage of Alabama and Auburn football is alive, well and unapologetic. It just makes you wonder about agendas, and which program matters most and can stand on its own, while the other needs a boost.