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We’re All Opinion Journalists Now

One of my constant complaints is that opinion — bias, commentary — is packed into wire-service reports. Here’s the opening sentence of an AP report: “President Barack Obama is breaking with the go-it-alone Bush years in a new strategy for keeping the nation safe, counting more on U.S. allies to tackle terrorism and other global problems.”

I think that’s a gross mischaracterization of the Bush years and Bush policy. But aside from that question: Why is opinion of that type embedded in AP reports? Shouldn’t an AP report be different from an editorial at a college newspaper?

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