Saturday, November 21, 2009

Answer: twenty-eight words

Question: how long does it take the Associated Press to turn a should-be news report into an exercise in mind-reading editorializing?

See for yourself.

In case the AP later changes it, here it is:
Invoking the memory of Edward M. Kennedy, Democrats united Saturday night to push historic health care legislation past a key Senate hurdle over the opposition of Republicans eager to inflict a punishing defeat on President Barack Obama.
You see, the first twenty-seven words are (mostly) just the facts. It is what the Democrats did. Ah, but with #28, we find the reporter uninterested in reporting what the Republicans did, nor in any reasons they themselves gave for what they did.

He has read their minds, their hearts, and found them vengeful and malicious.

And, to him, that is the story.

So the Democrats make history... while the Republicans are just vengeful and spiteful.


Herding Grasshoppers said...


I think this part, further down, is also very telling:

For all the drama, the result of the Saturday night showdown had been sealed a few hours earlier, when two final Democratic holdouts, Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, announced they would join in clearing the way for a full debate.

"It is clear to me that doing nothing is not an option," said Landrieu, who won $100 million in the legislation to help her state pay the costs of health care for the poor

Scott Shaffer said...

They already changed it. No mention of Kennedy when I looked this morning.

DJP said...

Interesting, eh? That's gone, but the yellow journalism remains.