Thursday, January 3, 2008


You might think that reading 2-5 newspapers a day is a bit superfluous. Most of the time it is, but occasionally, the practice actually comes through for me.

Setting aside issues of what stories newspapers choose to publish and how important they choose to make those stories (size of headline, space on website, etc.,) there certainly is a difference in how these stories are written.

Great Britain has become involved in the investigation of Benazir Bhutto's death.
If you ask the New York Times, Pakistan has requested the UK's help.
If you ask the Washington Post, Pakistan was pressured into receiving UK's help.
There is quite a big difference between asking for help and being forced to receive help.

Now, for contrast, notice how the BBC just makes the claim that UK is assisting, with no mention of whether they were invited by Musharraf or themselves.
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