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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Which headline do you prefer to believe?



On Monday, working from the same information, The New York Times ("the newspaper of record") and the Associated Press ("the largest and oldest news organization in the world")  came up with very different headlines.

You can believe the one you prefer -- or neither of them.

(Yes, I know that a college and a university are not the same thing, but apparently the headline writers didn't care about the difference.)

This reminds me of the time when I was an editor at Rolling Stone magazine in Manhattan in the early 1970s. I walked up Madison Avenue to get to my office at 78 East 56th Street. There was a point where I could see giant clocks on both the Newsweek Building and the IBM Building. The clocks were often more than two minutes apart. I can't remember them ever agreeing.

Whom do we trust?

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