Thursday, February 23, 2017

Does Aggregating Trump Stories Show a Bias?

Philly.com recently assigned a reporter to cover news about President Trump in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.

The first installment of the ongoing series ran yesterday. The intro to the post reads:

Our president makes a lot of news — almost too much to keep up with. So we're launching a daily roundup of Trump-related news and opinions, from Philadelphia and around the country.

Many news organizations have reporters who travel with presidents and document their activities. Few have reporters dedicated to covering presidents without actually following them as the presidents do their jobs.

Is the Trump presidency different, and therefore warrants a different style of coverage?

Does creating a beat about the president that doesn't directly report on the president show a particular bias?

By aggregating stories about the president, are they at risk of appearing to have a political agenda?