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Monday, August 23, 2010

Two Newspapers, Two Totally Different Headlines

What do you get when one reporter writes a story and it runs in the Washington Post then four days later in an abridged version in the Seattle Times? Two totally different editorialized titles. I have never worked for a newspaper so I presume the reporter has no final say in the title of his story.

In the case of the Washington Post story, you see the headline "Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west." In the Seattle Times, the headline of the story was "West's gun advocates fight to uphold region's traditional wildness." The reporter is Freddie Kunkle of the Washington Post and the theme of the story is two fold; part about how western senators John McCain (R-AZ) and John Tester (D-MT) have joined bi-partisan forces to bring D.C. into compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's Heller decision by removing the regulatory burdens the city has placed on those wishing to own firearms; and partly about the "gun culture" of the west. The difference is how it is set up by the Post and the fact that the Post story is much longer. The Seattle Times basically published a very abridged version.

The Post story also has a link the the Pam Gorman ad featured in the NPR story posted about here earlier this morning.

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