The Daily Commercial, a small-market newspaper that serves Lake and Sumter counties in Florida, has issued an apology to its readers for failing to objectively report the 2016 presidential election.
In an open letter, the paper explained that it has been unfairly harsh on Republican candidate Donald Trump while ignoring Hillary Clinton’s myriad shortcomings:
The Daily Commercial said the media have undoubtedly been biased toward Mr. Trump, and that bias had trickled down to their paper.“Trump’s every utterance, no matter how innocuous, is now parsed, analyzed and criticized by a litany of political pundits,” the letter continued. “The wire services that the Daily Commercial subscribes to churn out stories almost daily that fact check Trump, which is warranted given his penchant for exaggeration and duplicity. Yet those same services turn out so few stories that fact check Clinton, who also has a strained relationship with the truth.
“And while hundreds of stories have attempted to shed light on Trump’s feelings about women, minorities, his business dealings, his taxes and more, so little has been written about some of Clinton’s questionable decisions as secretary of state, her emails and the fact that she and Bill have somehow amassed incredible wealth during their political careers. That certainly deserves scrutiny,” it said.
The paper admitted that it hadn’t done “enough to mitigate the anti-Trump wave in the pages of this paper.”
Of course, the paper made it clear that its apology was not an endorsement of Trump, but “a recognition that you, the voter, deserve better than we in the media have given you.”
The Daily Commercial posted this apology on Oct. 23 — just over two weeks prior to Election Day. Seems too little, too late to me.