"We Report. We Can’t Decide."

2006
Dec
31

Associated Press reports: “Americans Optimistic About 2007”.

Associated Press reports: “Americans See Gloom, Doom in 2007”.

Both stories use data from the same poll. I wonder if AP Writers Nancy Benac and Darlene Superville have ever met. Or if some supervisor said “Here, Nancy, you write the optimistic version and Darlene, you write the pessimistic version. Then we’ll send them both out and let the papers pick which one to run based on their own biases.” That’s modern professional journalism? No wonder newspapers are dying and dumb bloggers are taking over.

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"We Report. We Can’t Decide."

  1. Islingword Street Says:

    Half empty? Half full? Why can’t it be both?…

    Wendell notes two AP stories on US attitudes to the forthcoming year. One is very downbeat, the other very upbeat – but based on the same poll data….

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