The one undisputable fact in a story today is that Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech today to his Labour Party. Now for the bias.
Reading both accounts, one would think that two entirely different speeches had been made.
The New York Times version of the story was very supportive of Blair, focusing on how Blair, although still supportive of the Iraq war, was apologetic for his mistakes. However, the BBC version approached it from the perspective that Blair, although acknowledging some intelligence mistakes, was "defiant" in his defense of the Iraq war.
This is but one example of the fact that there is no such thing as "fair and balanced" reporting any longer. The realities of the media business make it economically impossible to walk the middle path.
As a result, all of us who would like to get a "fair and balanced" view of world events need to review multiple sources with various points of view to make our own decisions about what is really going on.
From where I sit, it is very difficult to maintain any sense of balance any longer. It is just so easy, and comfortable, to stick with those news sources that agree with our pre-determined points of view. Staying truly informed is getting harder and harder each day.