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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Picking and choosing what is news

Paul Ryan conducts two town halls in Wisconsin. At one event he is loudly booed by many constituents for his position on reducing taxes on the rich and paying for it by eliminating Medicare and Medicaid. At the other, one (that's one, as in "only one") constituent asks, "We need a viable Republican candidate for president. Will you run against him?"

Question: Which of the two is more newsworthy?

Answer: If you are the New York Times, the second is the one you report on, making it sound as though there is a groundswell of grass roots support for a Ryan for President campaign. Reading the Times, you'd think Ryan was the new Superman of the day.


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