Sunday, February 04, 2007

Reuters Posts Misleading Article Headline

Today, news agency Reuters posted a misleading headline in an article about former U.S. senator and current presidential candidate John Edwards. The headline said Edwards wants to raise taxes to pay for health care, but did not mention whose (hint: it starts with 'w', ends with 'y', and has 'ealth' in between).

The article did say Edwards' plan would "raise taxes, chiefly on the wealthy, to pay for expanded health care coverage." But the headline should have said as much. Knowing how few Americans bother to read past the headlines, and knowing GOPers will jump on Edwards as a 'tax and spend' liberal, Reuters' headline misrepresents what Edwards is actually stating as to who would actually get their taxes raised.

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