Scott Jones made an interesting observation about a recent story on the staggered opening to businesses in the Kansas City Power & Light District.
He thought some language in the story was unfair, in particular this paragraph:
"City Manager Wayne Cauthen put on his best cheerleader face Thursday in discussing the opening delays from his office, which features a panoramic view of the district. Like a proud father, he pointed out the location of various establishments and bragged about several in particular, saying the district will feature restaurants and other businesses unique to the region."
"If snarky comments are going to make it into actual news reports, why even BOTHER having an 'opinion' section?" he wrote.
That type of language definitely isn't the dry, "just the facts" kind of reporting that many readers expect in the news sections. Its narrative prose does attribute emotions and motivations on Cauthen's part definitely, so I can see where the reader is coming from.
On the other hand, I think these types of writing techniques can make a story much more readable. And reporters who cover beats over the long term often have a lot of insight, and sometimes even direct information from their sources, that would inform descriptions like this.
In this case, I don't see the color as bias or snark, myself -- but I respect the other side.