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I wonder how they do it. The news agencies? But why do nearly all newspapers keep a headline that is so clearly contradicted by the facts in the article that follows?
As you pointed out a narrative with internal contradictions is particularly weak. So it probably won't have legs if most people read more than the headlines.
by generic on Tue May 13th, 2008 at 08:18:54 AM EST
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Absolutely.. it is the famous page B23 effect...

to bury the important stuff in the last paragraph deep down in the newspaper.

And they count on it. Soemtimes .. it is just the difference between the title and the core of the report...

it's sad but true.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Tue May 13th, 2008 at 12:47:57 PM EST
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It's sort of the same thing that the Soviets had: public mouthpiece journalism to "make opinion". In the Soviet Union, the West called this a "lack of freedom to express one's opinions and beliefs". In the European Union and American Union, they call it (preposterous as it may sound... really) a "free press".

But in essence it's the same thing, only run by two ideologically different elites.

by vladimir on Tue May 13th, 2008 at 03:28:02 PM EST
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