I'm reading an article on voting systems in The New Yorker, and it reminded me of a conversation I had with a colleague about the 2000 presidential election.
The colleague, a Republican teacher from San Antonio, said that no independent recount showed that Al Gore would have won Florida. When he said this, I initially believed it could not be true, but as I had nothing to back up my opinion, I didn't say anything.
Cut to today. The article reminds me of the conversation, so I begin poking around on the internet. One of the first things I see is a transcript from PBS's Newshour which states that, had the Supreme Court not stopped the recount, Bush still would have won.
I was struck by this, I guess because I expected some pro-Gore propaganda. We all know PBS leans left, but this article didn't show that. Instead, it reported the news with what appeared to be objectivity. I trust Newshour, but I trust it more now that I know it reports information that might be against its politics--it reports news that it might be disappointed to report.
I wish Fox "News" would do the same.