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One of the advantages of attending these events in person along with the other media folks is a chance to see how news gets presented from the ground up. The present case in point: headline writers. Kimberly Hefling from the AP filed a report on the press conference and the run-up to the event. Despite the straightforward report she wrote, which outlined the event on a clearly factual and non-biased basis, this was the headline in the Yahoo! feed:
Conservatives Split Ahead of Alito Hearing
I recognized Kimberly's name and walked over to where she's sitting, and introduced myself. I asked her if she knew anything about the headline, and she looked at her own AP feed. The headline that came from the AP itself just noted that "Conservatives Rally On Eve Of Alito Hearings". It seems that Yahoo! must read between the lines to see a conservative split that doesn't exist on Alito, and certainly doesn't exist here at the JSIII event.
Don't blame Kimberly Hefling for this one, or even the AP. This one belongs to the yahoos at Yahoo!Sphere It View blog reactions
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