“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

AGN Headlie of the Day

Thanks to the Free State Standard who commented (scroll down to first comment) on our critique of an Amarillo Globe-News headline in the (double-meaning alert!) wake of Reagan’s death.

Now, to steal one of Ronnie’s favorite lines, there they go again. Yesterday the headline on the front page of the AGN was “Clinton talks of failures in his ‘Life’.”

Fine. We all know about Mr. Clinton’s “failures.” But here’s the lede from the LA Times story reprinted by the Globe-News:

President Bush erred in not allowing U.N. inspectors to finish their search for weapons of mass destruction before attacking Iraq, but he is on the right track now in attempting to stabilize the country, former President Clinton said Sunday in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Here’s some liberal benefit-of-the-doubt for you vegans who don’t care for red meat: maybe the AGN meant Clinton was also talking about Bush’s failures. But, as a legally certified English language educator, I’m here to tell you that nothing, nothing in that headline states, implies, or suggests that Clinton was speaking of any but his own failures. And we certainly can’t read the mind of the Amarillo Globe-News. Hell, it’s hard enough reading the paper.

We at the Panhandle Truth Squad don’t want to make this a regular feature. But we will if we have to, so the only question remains, will it be the Headlie of the Day, the Week, or the Month? How often you gonna toss us one of these, AGN?