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Sunday, March 20, 2011

This is how it's done.

The Associated Press demonstrates for the billionth time how adjectives and other descriptive terms are one of the top ways of slanting the news (the most common is The Spike). What would a news story be like without adjectives telling you what to think about a story?

NEW DELHI – U.S. politician [when is a private citizen not in office a politician; and by the way why bother describing her at all?  The only person who doesn't know who she is is that GEICO character under a rock. Is Obama described by the AP as a U.S. politician?  Is Biden?  Is oh ... Bill Clinton or George Bush?] Sarah Palin stressed the importance of America's ties with India, saying they were based on the shared values of freedom and free-market capitalism, while sounding a warning note on China's rise during a speech Saturday in New Delhi. [Shouldn't the AP tell us that New Delhi is a city in India?  Fewer Americans know where New Delhi is than know who Sarah Palin is.]

The visit to India is a rare foreign venture for the ex-Alaska governor and reality TV star, who was John McCain's running mate in his failed 2008 campaign for president. [Not content with describing Palin as a U.S. politician, the AP wants the GEICO guy to know that Palin doesn't get out much, is the "ex" rather than "former" Governor of Alaska, lost the 2008 election and is really Snooky  from the "Jersey Shore."] The trip, which also includes a stop in Israel, is raising speculation [by whom?]Palin wants to burnish her foreign policy credentials ahead of a possible 2012 presidential run.

Palin told a well-heeled [Republicans only hang with fat cats, doncha know?] audience of Indian business leaders, professionals and socialites [India has socialites like .... Paris Hilton?  Who knew?] that U.S.-Indian relations were "key to the future of our world."
The story rambles on in the same vein, but this is the part that was reproduced in the Virginian Pilot.  It was so full of the crap that's the hallmark of professional journalism today that I thought it would be interesting as an example to any budding journalist out there.  THIS is how it's done.

1 comment:

thisishabitforming said...

So the first four words of this column tells you all you need to know about the author and his world view. The rest of the article just reinforces those first four words.