The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, March 17, 2005
AP: hard news just got a little mushy
Regular readers know I spit (electronically and, thus, hygienically) on the conventions of American journalism as an essential mechanism of the manipulation machines of all US presidents (amongst others) since the before the high-button boots went out.
Strange to report, one of the news organisations with the promptest click of the heels to official diktat, the Associated Press, should have broken the mould by offering - shock horror! - a choice of news and feature ledes to its most popular stories.
(The feature lede example given is really horrible, by the way.)
[Romenesko (time-dated 3/16/2005 12:05:55 PM) has the AP memo to clients.]
More useful for AP to promise to fact-check politicians' statements as a matter of course, and juxtapose its findings with the Great Men's words: but that would be genuinely useful, rather than a gimmick...
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