Since this question of Uptake bias was raised by Luke Hellier at Minnesota Democrats Exposed, let’s take a look at what he’s been up to lately to get a feel for what bias really looks like.
There are a few issues with this story.
1. Gavin Sullivan is a Democrat, but he does not speak for all Democrats. This makes Hellier’s headline absurd. I pointed this out to Luke in the comments.
2. Hellier never bothered to rewrite the headline to better reflect the content of his post. However that could be because . . .
3. The story Luke Hellier cites as being written by Sullivan was, in fact, not written by Sullivan. Yet that’s the by-line Hellier gave it. Here is how Hellier presented the story:
Gavin Sullivan seemed surprised to see his by-line on something he didn’t write, so he left a comment for Hellier as well:
4. Again, Luke Hellier did nothing to correct himself. Not even when he mistakenly attributes a quote to the wrong person. As someone who seems interested in getting out the truth – albeit from a different political perspective than my own – you’d think Hellier would show more respect for the truth when he gets a story downright wrong.
So, who was the right person? The anonymous mary334, who happened to leave a comment on Sullivan’s blog:
Looking back on it, I fell into the trap of assuming that Hellier could quote people accurately, so I missed the fact that Hellier was claiming that an anonymous comment spoke for all Democrats, which is even more absurd than suggesting that Gavin Sullivan speaks for all Democrats.