I had an interesting inquiry this month from an Irish researcher working on a paper about American media.“My paper is ‘stuck’ on one small point,” he wrote. “I am trying to ascertain why American news outlets seem to label and identify pieces as either news or opinion. Even before researching this paper, I had noticed this a few years ago when watching Fox News (don’t hate me, please). They seem to be very eager to point out when they are reporting news and when they are giving their opinion.
The universe is ruled by certain immutable laws.The planets sail through the ether to the tune called by gravity. Light speeds through space at a pace of its own, heedless of the behavior or condition of any observer. Space and time expand and contract in mind bending but mathematically beautiful ways.For every action, an equal but opposite reaction. E=MC2. Effect follows cause.
Early this week, hoping to get a jump on the extended holiday weekend, I began pursuing the news wires for interesting commentaries to run on the opinion page in print and online.A couple jumped out at me on Monday on the Tribune News Service wire. Based on their headlines, they looked promising for Thanksgiving, which was nice since readers might like a break from the normal political punditry.Until I started reading them.
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Selecting a term
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