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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Problem with Modern News Media

the problem with the NY Times (and lots of news media).

two paragraphs below, taken from this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.html?_r=1

#1 is a direct pull. in #2, i simply removed non-essential adjectives.

1. "Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks and innovative accounting that enables it to concentrate its profits offshore. G.E.’s giant tax department, led by a bow-tied former Treasury official named John Samuels, is often referred to as the world’s best tax law firm. Indeed, the company’s slogan “Imagination at Work” fits this department well. The team includes former officials not just from the Treasury, but also from the I.R.S. and virtually all the tax-writing committees in Congress."

2.(G.E's tax status) "is based on a strategy that mixes lobbying for tax breaks and accounting that concentrates its profits offshore. G.E.’s tax department is led by former Treasury official. The team includes former officials not just from the Treasury, but also from the I.R.S. and virtually all the tax-writing committees in Congress."


"extraordinary success", "aggressive", "fierce", "innovative", "giant", "bow-tied", "world's best", "imagination at work"!.

All 'positive' adjectives. or at least, not strictly "negative". do we need these words colouring the facts? NO. These ARE the droids we are looking for.

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