"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible;
to be credible we must be truthful." - Edward R Murrow

Same story, difference sources

I have decided to elaborate on my previous blog posting.
I may seem like I am exploiting sensationalism, but I am really just trying to show the way the same article can be twisted.

I am going to take ONE article, and I am going to post the headlines different news outlets have on the same story, and I will let you, the reader, decide if the reporter/news source is using sensationalism to grab the reader.

So, the article I am looking for is one about the Health Care Bill being passed.
Hmm, which article should I read? Let's base our opinion soley on headlines.
Maybe I won't even say which headline belongs to which news organization.
Just base your decision on the headline. (To make sure attribution occurs, I will post the link to every article at the bottom of this blog entry, but not in any order -- so that unless you go to the website you won't know which headline belongs to which news source.)

1. McCain vows Republicans will repeal Health bill
2. Reactions to passage of health care bill are passionate
3. Health care legislation causing controversial accusations like "baby killer"
4. Abortion and the Health Care Bill
5. New healthcare bill pros and cons: It expands benefits now, cuts them later
6. Reaction Divided Over Health Care Bill
7. Health Care Reform Fight Shifts From Congress to the Courts
8. Pelosi's Triumph: 'It's Personal For Women'
9. Government Faces Tight Deadline on Health Care (That article was dated March 23, 2010..so it is written in the future..)
10. Democrats hail landmark US healthcare bill
11. Republicans Vow Repeal Effort Against Health Bill
12. Ten states to fight health care bill in court
13. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Says Congress Passed Broken Health Care Bill
14. Health care vote sparks fierce reaction
15. Brown not ready to repeal health care yet
16. Barack Obama's healthcare bill passed by Congress
17. Historic change for US after Obama's health care bill passed
18. US passes landmark health care bill
19. Historic healthcare legislation poised to be passed
20. Health Care Bill: House Passes $938 Billion Bill, Sweeping Legislation on Its Way to Become Law
21. Historic OK on health
22. Health Care Has Passed; What's Next?
23. Obama hails Congress health victory
24. Epic 2010 Healthcare Reform Bill Vote Passed: Details, News, Results, and Update on National Health Care
25. What Americans really think about the overhaul
26. Barack Obama wins healthcare battle in tight vote

(p.s. AP Style Guidebook dictates only the FIRST word in a headline needs to have the first letter capitalized..unless it's a proper noun..some news outlets have been doing it wrong.)

In my opinion #16 sounds the most objective, and I would probably read that one first.
Then I would read #2 & #5...then the rest.

Sometimes people will read an article based on the news source it comes from, but will never put thought into getting the actual news. In order to gain the full picture articles from many news sources need to be read. Each journalist will (probably) have different interviews, and each interview gives new insight, facts, and details which add to the story in great ways. If you just stick to reading news from one single website, no matter which news site it is, you will always have some sort of bias. So, I want to know based on the HEADLINES, without knowing which link belongs to which headline, when looking for an article about passing the health care bill-- what would you choose?

sources of headlines: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/03/22/historic_ok_on_health/?comments=all , http://www.helium.com/items/1780997-congressional-controversy-on-the-house-floor-over-health-care , http://www.theage.com.au/world/obama-hails-congress-health-victory-20100322-qr4k.html?autostart=1 , http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7070716.ece , http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2812480/health_care_has_passed_what_next.html?cat=9 , http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0322/1224266811018.html , http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/03/political-fallout-health-care-vote-begins/1 , http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/historic-change-for-us-after-obamas-health-care-bill-passed/story-e6frf7lf-1225843896004 , http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/03/_by_matt_viser.htmlhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704117304575138060902427830.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories , http://arabnews.com/world/article33414.ece , http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/22/healthcare.reaction/ , http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/HealthCare/health-care-bill-house-passes-sweeping-reform-legislation/story?id=10162080 , http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978120546 , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35986037/ns/politics-health_care_reform/, http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2010/03/22/daily16.html , http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/22/health-care-reform-fight-shifts-congress-courts/ , http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Donald-Marron/2010/0322/New-healthcare-bill-pros-and-cons-It-expands-benefits-now-cuts-them-later , http://www.cbs47.tv/news/local/story/Reaction-Divided-Over-Health-Care-Bill/klxGLKHDC06PJj8_cJyuZA.cspx , http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125028935, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8580192.stm , http://www.current-movie-reviews.com/politics/2010/03/22/hhs-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-says-congress-passed-broken-health-care-bill/ ,
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/17320/20100322/mccain-vows-republicans-will-repeal-health-bill.htm, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/22/opinion/main6323651.shtml , http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/23/health/policy/23health.html?partner=rss&emc=rss , http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/22/us-healthcare-bill-passes-congress

I suggest you read all of them :)
See what each news source is saying, and see if you were right about which headline belonged to which news source.

The internet has many news websites, so why limit yourself to only obtaining news from one?

And, don't limit to where the news comes from. Look at news from out of the country, see how other countries are writing articles, and analyze the way the articles about United States are written. If you think those are "a lot of links for one story," then you wouldn't believe how many articles I read a day. I am always reading the news and researching, and I am the future of journalism.

Perez Hilton called himself a columnist, and I was bothered. He is a blogger, a celebrity blogger. A columnist is a journalist that writes a series of columns for a publication, as I was taught. Columns are opinionated and focus on the journalist's area of expertise. Perez Hilton is not a columnist, and next entries I would like to expand on this topic. Because, if the future of journalism is going to let Perez Hilton call himself a "columnist," then I needto act quickly and make sure that doesn't happen. So, look forward to the next post, because I feel very strongly that Perez Hilton is NOT A COLUMNIST.


"In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right." - Ellen Goodman

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