Originally created 09/17/99

Hits coverage of Williams' victory

While I realize this is the 1990s, I am not sure if your paper realizes that it is almost the end of 1999. I have been a subscriber since October 1997. In that time I have felt as if I were reading The Washington Post. The reason for the comparison is the way you report your news -- very much slanted in the direction of "white America." I lived in the Washington metropolitan area for nine years and was an avid reader of The Post and felt the same way. I never took the time to write. I thought it was all in my mind. It is no longer a figment of my imagination. This is Reality 101.

In the Sept. 12 Chronicle there was a small picture on the front of the Sports section with a short story accompanying it about Serena Williams' victory. The story was placed in the bottom right hand corner of the page. The Sept. 13 Sports section had Andre Agassi's victory prominently displayed at the top of the page.

I have kept silent for the past few months whenever I have noticed the slanted journalism, but I can no longer still my pen. I could go on for pages, but I refused to keep the clippings because it would have only angered me more. Please know that Miss Williams' victory was and is just as important as Mr. Agassi's victory.

To add salt to my already open wound, you put a bit piece on page two of the Sports section next to the conclusion of the Agassi article about Serena's doubles victory with her sister Venus...

Sheila A. Bowens, Fort Gordon


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