February 09, 2018

Placement And Headlines

Brian Birdnow takes on the Post Dispatch again:

To The Editor,
I was wondering, after the breathless headlines and article announcing the huge drop in the stock market earlier this week, whether we would see an equally charged headline announcing the market's huge rally the following day. We saw, instead, a story on Page 8 of the paper, noting the market rally...but how many people read to the eighthpage of a daily newspaper these days?

While we are on the subject of headlines and placement, Isee today that the Post-Dispatch is continuing its unrestrained celebration over the fact that a Democrat actually won an election in Missouri on Tuesday. You neglected to mention that the GOP won three out of four contested tilts on Tuesday, and winning 75% of elections is a pretty strong vote of support for any party. Are we, your readers, supposed to presume the Missouri Democratic Party is coming back strongly in the state because they avoided a complete shutout in the elections Tuesday?

More to the point, is this the type of slanted coverage we will see while your newspaper desperately works to return your Party, and the likes of Hillary Clinton to power? I am just wondering!
This from Tim:

I heard Larry Kudlow on the radio and he said the volatility in the market was caused by the runup to the final Fed meeting; there was fear they would jack interest rates again (they didn't, which explains the rally at the end.) Of course, the Post Dispatch will not mention that the Obama appointed Yellen had already raised rates once and was threatening to do it again - to kill economic growth.

As for that lost election, I mean come on! It was a special election in Jefferson County, a decidedly blue county. It went for Trump in the general election because of his views, but you can't expect it to go Republican. Trump wasn't running on the ballot and these are Trump Democrats, not Republicans.

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