Truth in the media

By Brady Burns

Two community papers provide an interesting way to illustrate the different interpretations of news and the truth.

Take some of the latest headlines between the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

Tigers close to trading Granderson to Yankees – Detroit News

Bloated payroll forced Granderson-Jackson Trade – Free Press

These headlines are both describing the trade that was reportedly close to complete at the time that each article was run. Officially, the trade had not occurred.

Elsewhere, two headlines about former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest restituation hearing depicted slightly different outlooks on his situation. The focus of each story, and the choice of court details painted two different scenes.

Kilpatrick gets emotional before hearing concludes – Detroit News

Kilpatrick’s judge eases probabtion violation threat – Free Press

Another strong influence on the mood of each article is the use of photography. The Detroit News used a large picture of Kilpatrick with a distressed expression on his face, but the Free Press used an image that showed Kilpatrick in a confident light.

These differences display the slight changes that can cause different interpretations of the truth. Further underlying this point is the close proximity of the papers and the high credibility each of them have.

Read articles wisely, investigate different publications, and know that they aren’t the absolute truth.

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