Donald Trump isn’t the republican nominee, and Ted Cruz hasn’t been mathematically eliminated . . . yet.
At roughly noon on May 4th, after running fourth in a three-man race for seven consecutive weeks, John Kasich finally suspended his presidential nomination campaign (raising the obvious question of, “What the hell took so long?”), leaving Donald Trump as the “sole survivor” of what was originally an eighteen-candidate republican field. And, go figure, before Cinco de Mayo was in the books, various talking heads and keyboard pundits were acknowledging, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, that The Donald was now the presumptive republican nominee. However, to channel L. P. Berra, this campaign ain’t over ‘til it’s over, and despite a certain well-circulated AP report, a certain critical milestone hasn’t yet been tallied into Trump’s column, and so June 7th is still going to matter . . . very much.
The mistake in Sunday's Record Eagle was undoubtedly not purposeful, however ..
It is unnecessary to dig the hole any larger or deeper.
The Traverse City Record Eagle editors have been bombarded with negative FB posts, and probably filled in boxes since the posting of Sunday’s page three error. They have been accused of having an agenda that is anti gun, and purposefully going after the ‘headline readers;’ those folks who scan the newspaper and rarely read the content.
It was a doozy of a mistake, and likely one they painfully regret. And however unlikely it is that the newspaper would try such a thing purposefully (I am sure it was not intentional), it does underscore one aspect of today’s journalism.
The “shooter” key is used more frequently in the newspaper environment than the “backspace” key.
It is pre-programmed whenever there is a mass killing (unless abortion is involved) anywhere in the county. In the front page response to the mistake and its ‘notoriety’ the editors apparently cannot accept that their own perspective and that programming has not perhaps led to this unfortunate error. The image to the right suggests such an attitude.
Has storytelling become pre-programmed to present a specific perspective?
A terrible thing happened in Oklahoma on Saturday.
And a curious thing happened in Traverse City Michigan the next day. The local paper, often cited for its liberal leanings presented a distorted view of the tragedy that occurred October 24, 2015. The story was pre-programmed accurately for the newspaper outlet, but somewhere in the editorial process, a bit of Freudian process has emerged perhaps?
One should think that the picture above from the hometown paper is a curious thing to see in the hyperactive anti-gun atmosphere of mass media. Of course, a retraction has already been issued by the Traverse City Record Eagle.