I came across these two stories this morning while trolling through my news feed. Both stories are reporting the same event but notice how they differ in tone and mood. When writing fiction, setting the mood for a piece is crucial to getting the reader to connect with the story. I would not think that is the case for journalism. Granted the two sources here come from two opposite political views. I will also admit I visit the Huffington Post more than Fox News. Still, it troubles me that opinion has so infiltrated the fourth estate. Read them both, (in any order), and see what you think.
I came upon the Fox News story first and read that one, however, my response was much closer to the story on the Huffington Post site. The email did not sound very threatening to me. I have to wonder. While I certainly align more with the political views espoused by the Huffington Post was it that or my proclivity to take anything reported in Fox News with a grain of salt. That being the case, am I not a willing participant in this game. Can we call it reporting? You almost have to since there is no other word for it and both stories report the facts, but words are more than facts. Words can be chosen to paint the facts in whatever way the writer chooses. These two stories illustrate that as good as any I have come across in a while. Our own opinions will decide the, truthfulness, or, correctness, of the stories, we’ll file that away and move onto the the next nipple slip on a red carpet somewhere in Tinseltown.