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Wanted: New headline writer for the N&O

Okay, it’s easy to take potshots at Raleigh’s News & Observer these days, but dadgummit, they have got to, at least, get some new headline writers.

Today’s front page banner: “Burr stands tall for tobacco” had to be one of the goofiest in a long time. Well except for this one “A plea for taxes — more taxes”  which also appeared this morning.

In fairness, the latter inaccurate headline was more of a function of a poor article that attempted to portray raising more tax revenue — something that was only a part of the Together NC message yesterday and that states are doing just about everywhere right now — as some kind of a novel or radical idea.

As for the former, however, you’d think that the paper simply lifted something out of a press release from the Senator’s office. “Stands tall”? How about “Burr does what he is told by hometown industry: Blocks federal action to protect lives and health.”

4 Comments


  1. Adam Linker

    June 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I’m sure the headline for the anti-tax rally will be: “A plea for vital services — slashing vital services.”

  2. Wayne G. Smith

    June 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    How about: “Hopes for official health concerns up in smoke”

  3. Wayne G. Smith

    June 18, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    …or (to perhaps overl-simplify the Senator’s stance: “Senator butts out, blows smoke over health concerns”…ok..I”m done ;)

  4. Wayne G. Smith

    June 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    …or (to perhaps overl-simplify the Senator’s stance):
    “Senator butts out of health concerns, blows smoke over home-grown industry”….ok.. I’m done…

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