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    Every day at every paper in America editors get together and decide what stories to put on the front page, which story will be at the top of the page and which story will have the biggest headline and the biggest picture.

    It's the most non-objective decision of the day.

    There is no way to "set aside their biases" in making that decision. How do you determine that a story about Iraq is more important than a story about a local murder or a story about health care costs other than by drawing on your own prejudices about what is and what is not important?

    Gunter glieben glauchen globen

    by quaoar on Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 08:09:55 AM PDT

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    •  Yes - setting aside biases is not absolute (0+ / 0-)

      it's an approximation.

      And the editors are making judgments based on readership, circulation, advertisers and perceived value.

      "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." --Thomas Jefferson 1809.

      by Buffy Orpington on Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 08:22:23 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly quaoar (0+ / 0-)

      Every day at every paper in America editors get together and decide what stories to put on the front page, which story will be at the top of the page

      Like when the WAPO would breathlessly trumpet Iraq WMD's / Kenneth Starr's latest grand jury leak / etc. on A1 above the fold.

      Meanwhile, their supposed "mea culpa" of '"oops, sorry we relied on that notorious lying drunk 'Curveball' for that single-sourced story, and decided to excise the part about massive WMD doubts w/in the CIA," got buried on A20.  

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