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.

5 comments:

Jess said...

Typical Fox "news"

Dianna said...

I have to disagree with you on this one. The news is that she was nominated, that she is the first Hispanic nominee and that David Souter's seat could soon be filled. If it were a biography of her, then yes, that stuff should be pushed higher. But as far as being a news story, Fox has got the basic construction down.

Jonathan Rubin said...

But D, the Fox piece WAS a bio!
BIO: Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Dianna said...

But who cares about where she grew up? We want to know her credentials for the seat. Do I care that she grew up in the Bronx? No. Do I care what her rulings have included? You betcha.

Perhaps the headline was inappropriate, but I stand by the fact that they put the news where it needed to be.

Zeyev said...

The old guy now chimes in. (No, that does not mean he's a ding-dong.) Jon, I understand what you're getting at but I think Fox did a good job.

Could they have put her academic credentials somewhat earlier in the piece? Sure. But the main consideration for the Senate will be her work experience and Fox placed that first. The fact that she has an interesting background that draws ME in should not concern the impartial viewer.

I know - I'm also shocked that I can agree with anything in any manner that came from Fox.