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Jul 13

Every Hard-Boiled Egg Is Yellow Inside

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According to Wikipedia, yellow journalism is

a pejorative reference to journalism that features sex scandals, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or other unethical or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists. It has been loosely defined as “not quite libel”.

In totally unrelated news, the Ann Arbor News ran a piece today about the upcoming City Council elections here in our fair city of Ypsilanti.

Now I have to be honest with you. I don’t follow local politics that closely, but when I first glanced at the article, the first thing I noticed was that some of the pictures were studio headshots and some looked like mugshots. I know from experience that the candidates are asked to provide a quality, high-resolution photograph for publication in the paper. I would be quite surprised to find out that the candidates with less than compelling photos did not submit a sample.

This was a very clever play by the Ann Arbor News to paint some of the candidates as professional and some of the candidates as borderline criminal. It will be interesting to see who the Ann Arbor News endorses this time around and how those endorsements match up to the aforementioned photos.

I look forward to the Ann Arbor News breaking a story about Council candidates and their nefarious role in the sinking of the USS Maine as well as their role in starting the Spanish-American War.

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  1. Comment by Teaspout
    July 13, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    You missed the best part:
    Headline A3: “Key Primary for Ypsilanti”
    Headline A4 continuation: “Murdock has twice sued city of Ypsilanti”

    The article is supposed to be a brief piece introducing all seven candidates, but somehow Hatchet Hachem has managed to turn it into his personal editorial. No axe to grind there.

  2. Comment by Steve Pierce
    July 14, 2008 @ 12:55 am

    I wonder how many times the Ann Arbor News has sued the City of Ypsilanti?

  3. Comment by Kate
    July 14, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    Reporters don’t write the headlines. Editors do. The A2 News’ headlines have been notorious for writing derrogatory headlines and negatively slanting stories about Ypsilanti for years. This one is in flagrant violation of the journalistic standards of ethics.

  4. Comment by Steve Pierce
    July 14, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

    It is a cop-out for reporters to say they don’t write the headlines. This is a team effort.

    If reporters don’t want to accept the blame, then don’t ask for the signature by-line on the story.

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