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Since when does the AP do Op-ed pieces?

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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought they were just the news, and just the facts? Is it me, or does this read as an opinion piece?

    Everything seemingly is spinning out of control

    By ALAN FRAM and EILEEN PUTMAN – 3 days ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is everything spinning out of control? Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.

    ...............


    "It is pretty scary," said Charles Truxal, 64, a retired corporate manager in Rochester, Minn. "People are thinking things are going to get better, and they haven't been. And then you go hide in your basement because tornadoes are coming through. If you think about things, you have very little power to make it change."

    Recent natural disasters around the world dwarf anything afflicting the U.S. Consider that more than 69,000 people died in the China earthquake, and that 78,000 were killed and 56,000 missing from the Myanmar cyclone.

    ................

    Floods engulf Midwestern river towns. Is it global warming, the gradual degradation of a planet's weather that man seems powerless to stop or just a freakish late-spring deluge?



    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gFmTVpBYsENBOX-9wQvYZGzhk-xQD91F0KMO0
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    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Ah........

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    #24 Jersey

    In an election year with The Prince running I guess :rolleyes:
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    That is pretty ridiculous. I mean, I'm not one of those grand liberal media conspiracy guys, but I do think there's a pretty clear bias (as exemplified here). I think that just so many of have that worldview that, a lot of times, it subconsciously colors their articles.

    The AP usually isn't awful, but this one is particularly bad.
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    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    I think the AP is usually pretty good. That's why I did a double take when I read it.
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    the Associated Press has offered opinion columns on their newswire for decades... it's up to the newspaper in your area to use them or not...
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    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Don't they label them op-eds though?
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    I am baffled as to why there is no "commentary" or "analysis" label somewhere on that link. I must admit.

    When we are sent AP op-eds, or NYT op-eds, or Knight-Ridder or Scripps Howard, any of them, there is always dummy text at the top that declares such, as well as embargos about when it can run for print.
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    Agreed... as RW said, the AP isn't usually like that.
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    But you're not reading the AP wire here, you're reading the googlenews website... I actually don't get whether this is an AP website or a google website where they stick the AP logo on all the "wire" stories.

    How horribly confusing.

    You have to read the story to see it, but it's a "think piece" (yeah, "opinion") about the mood of the country, and isn't in fact a partisan ad. They lampoon Obama as much for being a shiny promise as they do the guys who let things get to this point.

    By the end of it the conclusion seems to be the reverse of the lead, and it reads as "this too shall pass."
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    Good perspective.

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