Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bet on the tax

Heds from this morning's sweep:

Sounds like a pretty tedious debate. Unless he's going to do the Woody Allen thing and cross-examine himself.

The thing about Fox is that you never can tell whether any particular specimen is a result of house ideology or of Fox's well-demonstrated ineptitude at the basics. What basics? Well, RTFS, for example -- a precept that would quickly indicate that the hed is false. A federal advisory panel wants the State Department to nudge the Saudis into closing the school until various materials and practices are reviewed, but that's not the same as closing it.

As we try to point out early in the curriculum, the phone call you hate to get is the one that asks "Which are you, biased or stupid?" The nice thing about being Fox is that you can always answer "Yes!"



Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

So, how about "prompting"? Would that work?

Or does it need to be something like: Fearing radicalism, Feds Hope Va. Saudi School Closes

1:35 PM, October 18, 2007  
Blogger fev said...

Hmm, it'd be a lot clearer if I'd said "federal advisory panel" sted "federal advisory" in the first place. I'd look for a verb that lets the hed say what went on: "Fearing radicalism, panel asks ..." or something. "Fear of radicalism prompts call for ..." might work, tho I'd rather keep the call to as specific a source as possible.

At a guess, it's just Fox mistaking intent for action. But because Scary Stuff Muslims Do is such an important part of the Fox daily diet, you never know if they were wishing too hard or just reading carelessly

9:10 PM, October 18, 2007  

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