Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Fox news: Burying the lead on Sotomayor
Observe the difference between these these writing styles on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court:
This CNN bio gives her a chronological life story, and starts with the fairly moving story about how her father, a factory worker, died when she was only nine years old. That get her grit points, and is certainly an attractive and interesting piece of info.
Slate's bio has this bit of information on the top half of the page.
But leave it to Fox News bio to wait to paragraph 12 (of 13) to mention she has law degrees from Princeton and Yale, and to wait to the very last paragraph to mention, almost as an afterthought:
Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, N.Y., to Puerto Rican parents and was raised in a housing project. Her father, a factory worker, died when she was nine-years-old. Her mother, a nurse, raised Sotomayor, who was diagnosed with diabetes at age eight.
Posted by Jonathan Rubin