Yesterday I posted A headline classic. And what about the N&O?
The short of it: Andrew Malcolm’s LAT Top Of The Ticket blog post headline,
I promised to check and get back to you.
The front page of the Dec. 24 N&O has a small lead-in headline in bold and capitals :
BLAGOJEVICH CONTACT CALLED CLEANThat’s followed by, in normal size print:
Emanuel was the only one of Obama’s team to have a direct talk, but there was no dealing, internal report concludesReaders are then directed to more of the story on pg. 3A.
There, the two-column-wide headlines read:
Contact with Blagojevich called cleanWell, of course.
Internal inquiry finds only ‘innocent’ discussions with the Illinois leader over Obama’s Senate seat
What could be more ‘innocent’ than “‘innocent’ discussions with the Illinois leader over Obama’s Senate seat?”
Sounds like just the sort of thing responsible public officials would do, doesn't it?
What's all the fuss about? No wonder the “internal report” found “there was no dealing.” Let's turn to the funnies.
Request to McClatchy Watch: Please consider posting on the N&O’s latest “Anything for Obama” headline “reporting;” and then asking bloggers who watch other McClatchy papers to provide those papers’ headline reporting of Malcolm’s story:
Obama team probe of Obama team finds no Obama team improprietyMalcolm's entire post's here.