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The lead story in Thursday morning’s dead-tree New York Times was about women in combat. Big news, for sure. Here’s the three-deck, three-column headline:

EQUALITY AT THE FRONT LINE:

PENTAGON IS SET TO LIFT BAN

ON WOMEN IN COMBAT ROLES

(Here’s the web version, with a different headline.) The second and third decks are straight news, but “Equality at the Front Line”? Really? Maybe I’m being naïve, but it doesn’t seem appropriate for the nation’s newspaper of record to be publishing headlines more suited to an advocacy group press release crowing about a victory over patriarchy. (Now who’s being naïve, Kay?)



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