The issue of laws requiring a photo ID when voting has blossomed in the last few months and it is still an issue as the state of Alabama was just sued by the NAACP for implementing such a law. If you were reading about this on TheBlaze, a paleolibertarian magazine published by Glenn Beck, you might only think that this is the only issue since the article “Civil Rights Groups Sue Alabama Over ‘Discriminatory’ Voter ID Law” simply states that this is the case. The article cites the lawsuit that at least 280,000 people will disenfranchised because of the law and that this law is just one of a number of measures taken by the state in its long history of racial discrimination. It’s almost dismissive in tone and the short article makes it seem like this is something shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Had you read the article “New lawsuit challenges Alabama voter ID law” over on MSNBC however you would have gotten a heap of other relevant information. For instance that Alabama in September shuttered or reduced the hours of 31 DMV offices, many in counties with high black populations and that Alabama’s legislature passed the ID law in 2011 without getting federal approval which was required at the time, something that resulted in the law being on hold for two years. Alabama also passed measures that were deemed racially discriminatory during the 2011-2012 session: a racially charged redistricting and a strict anti-immigration law.
The two articles are very different just in the amount of information you get as a reader. TheBlaze only conveys parts of the information about the issue at hand while MSNBC gives a more comprehensive look, incorporating relevant information from other issues to give some more context. The result is that as a reader I would get a very skewed picture had I only read the TheBlaze article. Maybe this is by design from TheBlaze’s side as one can assume with Glenn Beck as a publisher that the slant is somewhat conservative, maybe it’s just a coincidence and they have other articles on the subject that further clarifies the issue. But I undoubtedly have to conclude that based on these two examples I would be way more informed by the MSNBC article than by TheBlaze’s.