Saturday, December 22, 2012

Left hand, right hand

Whatever you make of the tales of who's stifling whom over at the Fair 'n' Balanced Network, you may draw some conclusions from the evidence.

At top, the Fox News homepage asks whether the NRA idea is possible. The sidebars cover the NRA press conference itself and point out that the feckless commies of Hollywood are avoiding their share of the blame (the latter offering a genuinely remarkable assertion: "Not unlike the NRA, lawmakers fear the Motion Picture Association of America and their political allies"). At bottom, the New York Post is a little more direct. Whatever the Murdoch empire may be united on (and there's a lot), this issue isn't it.  

Fans of hed dialect will note that the Post, despite the American flag in its nameplate, follows a distinctly British tabloid pattern by using a preposition where an American hed would be looking for a verb: "NRA loon in bizarre rant over Newtown." Its tabloid rival, the Daily News, follows American style: "Vile NRA nut blames EVERYONE and EVERYTHING except the guns."

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