Blog Critique of Let’s Be Friends: Two Presidents Find A Mutual Advantage


This blog post was written by someone named Ryan Lizza on The New Yorker’s website was very interesting to me. It spoke about the past relationship of former US president Bill Clinton and the current president Barack Obama and how they reconciled. The post seemed extremely factual to me being that the author credited parts of the post with quotes from Barack Obama’s book “The Audacity of Hope”, facts from “The President’s Club” by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy and mentioned names of important figures as well as exact dates of events that were pivotal for both Clinton and Barack. He even has quotes from presidential ads campaigns. For example, the post spoke of Clinton saying in a campaign commercial approved by Obama, “President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up. It only works if there is a strong middle class. That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.”

Even though Lizza was only speaking of the relationship of two Democrats, the post was still fair. The main topic of the post was strictly about Clinton and Obama, so to bring up any news about their relationships with others or with Republicans would have been irrelevant. Facts about that topic would have no business in such a post as this. It was also fair because all Lizza stated were pure fact. His opinions were not once present during the entire read. He was truly unbiased.

I trust this publication because The New Yorker has been a well respected publication for a very long time. It’s been serving New Yorkers for many years and is already established as a major publication by citizens of the city and beyond.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/10/120910fa_fact_lizza