Media and political bias: a quick example

Last Tuesday, Rick Santorum officially suspended his GOP presidential nomination campaign. This is how the event was portrayed on the front page of The New York Times last Wednesday, April 11th, a periodical generally perceived as having a pro-liberal bias:

Notice the facial expressions of both Santorum as well as his family behind him.

Here’s how the same event was portrayed on the front page of USA Today the same day. USA Today is generally perceived to have a moderate/mild conservative slant:

Santorum certainly seems a lot happier in the second photograph, presented by the media source with a more moderate/conservative bias.

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