Thursday, May 15, 2008

American Journalism At Its Finest

The front page of Tuesday's USA today had a very provocative headline:

"Dems Say Let the Contest Continue"

This was immediately followed by the sub-head:

"But more say Clinton should quit, poll shows"

Stephen Colbert had some amusing comments about the contradictory statements. Unfortunately I can't find the article on the USA Today website (or else it has been changed). If I try to be optimistic, I can assume that the headline was based specifically on the West Virginia primary results, while the sub-head was based on a nationwide poll.

But with the quality of journalism (or lack thereof) in the country today, I have to assume the reporter and editors simply chose a headline that they felt would sell more papers rather than accurately represent the findings stated in the article.

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