North West Star is biased
Recently on the North West Star "On Line" segment Star Journo Aidan Green announced that he had resigned from the Star and was to be employed by the Katters.
I can't recall a similar story when other journos have left a paper.
Then in Thursdays printed edition of "The Star" the same journo in his capacity as an employee of "The Star" writes a half page story together with the compulsory massive photo of Mr Katter disguised as a news story.
The bias of the Star in favour of Mr Katter has been evident for a long time.
There is seldom a mention of Mr Katter without the customary massive photo of him but surely you can be a bit more subtle.
I think we deserve a little better.
Editor's Note: Once again, I utterly reject allegations of bias. The North West Star reports without fear or favour on all sides of politics. As for similar stories when other journalists leave the paper, almost all our departing journalists have been offered that opportunity and there have been many such stories over the years. DB
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