Monday, August 10, 2009

News Vs. Newsy

An object lesson in the difference between reporting and editorializing.

First ... A report by a reporter:

Just the facts!
An excerpt:

But Mr. Obama pressed his Mexican counterpart to be careful to observe human rights. "I have great confidence in President Calderon's administration, applying the law enforcement techniques that are necessary to curb the power of the cartels, but doing so in a way that is consistent with human rights," he said.

Mr. Calderon responded, through a translator, that he is most concerned about the right of Mexican citizens to walk the streets in safety. "The struggle, the battle, the fight against organized crime is precisely to preserve the human rights of the Mexican people," he said.

Sadly .... A Story for AP By Jennifer Loven:

An embarrassment of adjectives and opinion!

A highlight: "We have a broken immigration system. Nobody denies it," Obama said. But politically and legislatively, it stands behind health care, energy legislation and an overhaul of financial regulatory rules on Obama's first-term agenda. ( Adds Jennifer )

Care to bet Jennifer's best marks at school were in creative writing?

Oh yeah! A bonus Obama Quote: "It's very important for us to sequence these big initiatives in a way where they don't all just crash at the same time," he said.


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