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Let's compare and contrast two different headlines for the exact same article:
"Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans"

"Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Defeated U.S. General"

If you didn't follow the links, I'll spoil the punchline for you: The first headline is from USA Today. The second headline was the one run by Fox, which then posts a brief excerpt of the USA Today article, and then provides a link to that same first article. For added fun, that second headline was "corrected for historical accuracy" - the original headline was "Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General".

That's what counts as "Fair and Balanced" news, apparently.

Date: 2010-11-17 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've often thought for awhile now that the main problem in our current administration is not the people in there... it's the news reporting on it. Even the supposedly "fair" places like Washington Post are constantly coming out with these inflammatory type headlines, and what's more, they also mix in their opinion pieces with their actual new headlines! I'm forever clicking on a headline and then shaking my head with disgust when I find out it's really an op/ed. Our news is in sensationalism now, not news.

On the second url - heh. They might have changed the headline, but the url still has the 'killed' part. And isn't it considered to be incorrect nowadays to use "Indian Chief"? Though I suppose Fox doesn't care about that...

LOL - I'm loving the comments from the readers, though. ^^ Other than the fact that Sitting Bull was honored by having is image on the obverse of the UNITED STATES NICKEL, and the fact that Crazy Horse, not Sitting Bull, killed Custer, and the fact that Custer was an Army lt colonel, not a general, this article is dead on. Fox News, for propaganda to be effective it has to have at least some slight connection to reality. Literally every material fact you report here is laughably false. What a bunch of clowns.
Edited Date: 2010-11-17 07:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-19 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Fox News, for propaganda to be effective it has to have at least some slight connection to reality."

*sigh* If only this were true.


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