How can Ned Lamont expect fair and unbiased reporting from a newspaper that long ago cast it's lot with three-term incumbant senator Joe Lieberman?
(UPDATE: The Hartford Courant finally pulled down the page, and Reader Rep Karen Hunter posted this article in the Courant's blog, along with other reader complaints. Link to that blog entry is HERE. I just love how everything that helps Lieberman is a "computer glitch". Funny how there aren't any pro-Lamont glitches happening anywhere!)
If the Hartford Courant's ownership is backing the senator, as they've stated this weekend by endorsing Lieberman, then obviously that bias will trickle down through every corner of the newspaper's operations; from it's reporters to it's web site. Here's a perfect example (click image to enlarge):
This appeared on the Courant.com website last Thursday. Someone was apparently testing some feature on the website, and uploaded this page for public viewing.
Happens all the time.
But when you read the fine print, you can see where the Courant's priorities lie.
"TEST BULLETIN -- The following is a TEST. Joe Lieberman, CTL, elected U.S. Senate, Connecticut."
This "test bulletin" was attributed to the "AP STATE WIRE", which graphically shows what the newspaper hopes and works toward what might happen.
Here's the link to the actual Courant webpage that shows the "bulletin", but I expect it to disappear at any moment once they realize it is being seen by people.
When you have "institutionalized bias" like this that infects every facet of a news organization, you can't possibly expect fair coverage from a paper.
(h/t to reader Peter Jung)