Tuesday, May 06, 2008

NY Times strikes back for Obama

New York's ( “All the news that helps Obama”) Times headlines at its blog The Caucus:

Obama Strikes Back With Negative Advertisement
NYT follows with a story which begins:
As the campaigning for the Indiana and North Carolina primaries comes to a close, the Democratic presidential candidates are letting loose on one another over the TV airwaves.

Just hours after Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed a new advertisement attacking Barack Obama for not supporting a gas tax holiday, the Obama camp is hitting back with a negative spot called “Hometown.”

Mr. Obama’s advertisement accuses Mrs. Clinton of ...
The rest of the story’s here.

The NYT's headline could have been:
Obama Lashes Out With Negative Ad
Or this:
Clinton, Obama Air Negative Ads
That last headline favors neither candidate. It's what headline writers called "a neutral." It recognizes that both candidates have been running negative ads.

The Obama Lashes Out With Negative Ad headline would've been more accurate in this particular case. Obama was responding to a Clinton ad and he surely was lashing out.

But only the Obama Strikes Back With Negative Advertisement headline presented an excuse for Obama’s running the ad by putting the blame on the Clinton campaign for a negative ad to which Obama stuck back.

That The Times, at the end of a hotly contested campaign, would use the headline it did instead of a neutral headline I think is telling.

How about you?


Anonymous said...

John, Do you think anyone at the NYT is connecting the dots as to why they are losing readership, thus advertisements?

Their liberal agenda has become more than clear. The facts haven’t been central to their reporting for some time. They aren’t called the ‘New York Slimes’ for no reason.

It seems to me, the snipes they have taken at John McCain haven’t been taken very seriously. In fact, it works in his favor for them to have fizzled so badly. Their limp attacks look like last gasp efforts to me.

Re: Newspapers Failing, on another thread:

Anonymous said: As Eric Clapton once sang, "Goin' down, goin' down slow".

I add: Queen - “Another One Bites The Dust”