It’s all in the wording

Posted: August 13, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, media, oddities
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While scanning memeorandum for interesting stories today, the thing that caught my eye was not so much the stories but the headlines. Observe:

It's all in the spin

This is a screen shot of Memeorandum at about 7:30 a.m. of all the stories concerning the Judge’s ruling on a stay in the Prop 8 case. Ignore the actual words of the stories and look simply at the headlines. From simply the headlines you could not be sure how the judge actually ruled.

Each of the headlines is factually accurate, each one describes the same event but you would never know it just from that look.

This, even more than Ace’s screed about media spin reminds us that a writer can spin any event to deliver the desired message to the reader. So when scanning headlines let the reader beware because on the other end of that jump to a-13 the actual story might be hiding.

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