Gunman kills in mall
The Salt Lake Tribune reported today that a man used a chotgun and randomly started shooting at people in a Salt Lake City Mall. He killed five and seriously injured at least four other people. Witnesses are describing the gunman as emotionless, calm and silent throughout the shooting. Police shot the gunman and are unsure of his motives and the exact events of the shootings.
The lead is very biased in this story. "The expression on his face never changed. Not as he walked into the crowded mall. Not as he began to fire. " Witness' later back this up with quotes, but it gives the story a very biased start. The number killed isn't mention until the third paragraph and that is the most important part of this story. This story is biased because it doesn't give the gunman's side of the story, which is hard to do because he is dead and police don't know his motive. The headline reads "Emotionless killer gunned down victims randomly" is true but mentions nothing of the people killed.
The LA Times also reported on this story. Their headline reads "Teenage gunman kills 5 people in Utah shopping mall." This shows the main point of the story and isn't biased. The story sticks to the facts and gives some witness quotes. This helps set up what happened in the mall. It attributes alot to the police chief and reports.
The LA Times story was less biased than the Salt Lake Tribune. The events that happened are unfortunate and it is easy for a reporter to become biased but police don't know anything about the gunman yet, so it is hard to pass judgement. The headline for the Salt Lake Tribune is very emotional and attention grabbing, but also very biased. It makes the gunman look like an emotionless robot with no feelings.