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Independent Record Frames the Debate For Us

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Today in Mike Dennison’s story about how the two major candidates for the US Senate have voted, we got an instructive lesson in how headlines can shape perceptions of a story. The Independent Record certainly offered a unique take on a story that largely argued that Dennis Rehberg votes with Republicans and Jon Tester votes with Democrats. Shocking stuff.

  • From the Missoulian, U.S. Senate race: How often do Rehberg, Tester vote with the president?
  • From the Billings Gazette, Tester voting record on Obama policies takes center stage in race with Rehberg
  • From the Independent Record, Tester follows party lines

I guess supporting the ideological viewpoint of the publisher is more important than writing a headline that is either accurate or even logical.

 

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