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December 18, 2009

WaPo Runs Absurdly Biased Picture Caption Despite Fact That Objectivity is Badly Needed by Its Readers

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Wow.

Whoa.

Dude.

That's like if you're on the street and out of nowhere you see a car hit a guy and your first thought is not "CALL 911!" or even horror; your first thought is just, "Well, I did not see that coming at all."

It's just shock that you saw what you just saw. Judgments and horror and 911 come later. First just comes: Wow, I just saw a human being fly up over a car's hood.

It gets... well not worse, really, but a different car hits first. The headline to this story is:

Democratic Congressman from North Carolina angers supporters by voting against health care bill

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to the veracity of that statement? Oh, I'm sure some supporters are angered. But what about the rest of his supporters?

Anyone think that what is implied -- the vast majority of his supporters are angry -- is true?

Or do you sort of think maybe the vast majority of his supporters are against the health-care bill, which is kinda-maybe why he's voting against it?

Wow. Look. Guy's shoe flew off.

Just one shoe.

The other shoe stayed on.

Maybe I should stop gawking here and wondering about differentials in shoelace-tightness and torque and call 911.

Accuracy in Headlining? Brendan offers:

Democratic Congressman from North Carolina angers WaPo Headline and Caption Writers by voting against health care bill

Well... to quibble: they already said "supporters." Who do you think they mean by "supporters"? Voters in his district? Pshah. They mean people at the WaPo, so arguably they were technically accurate there. Just not.... clear.


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