Believing Is Seeing:
of Media Bias
“As I am, so I see. ”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), American philosopher, essayist, poet
It's a brisk Saturday afternoon, late in November of 1951. Crisp autumn leaves blanket the ground. Though the sun is bright, sporadic wind gusts forebode the coming winter. Animated college students (sporting saddle shoes, bobby socks, and V—neck sweaters), their zealous parents, and loyal alumni fill Palmer Stadium on the Princeton University campus. The Tigers (the home team) and the Dartmouth Indians battle fiercely on the gridiron in the last game of the season. The Tigers are undefeated, thanks in large part to All—American quarterback Dick Kazmaier, who has just appeared on the cover of Time.
The game was brutal from the get—go. Penalty whistles blew non—stop. The second quarter saw Kazmaier taken out of the game with a crushed nose. The third quarter saw a Dartmouth player removed from the field with a broken leg. Fights broke out between raucous fans on the two sides. It was a game that will live in infamy.
Princeton won, but not without controversy and a mutual exchange of accusations afterwards. The Daily Princetonian protested the opponent's lack of sportsmanship and vicious style of play:
This observer has never seen quite such a disgusting exhibition of so—called “sport”… the blame must be laid squarely on Dartmouth's doorstep. Princeton, obviously the better team, had no reason to rough up Dartmouth.