Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Media Spin

Sorry for the quick two posts in a row on this, but I thought an interesting comparison of media approach to Duckworth's entry into the IL-06 primary came to light today. Here's a comparison from today's news on how this can be slanted. First, from The Daily Herald:
Iraq war vet seeks release to run for Congress
A hot first day of filing for state legislative races

Iraq war veteran Ladda “Tammy” Duckworth is ready to run for the congressional seat held by retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde. The question remains: will she be able to?

Now compare to that of the ABC 7 News piece:
War hero may run for 6th Congressional District
Major Duckworth wounded in Iraq

A war hero wounded while fighting in Iraq may run for the seat that will soon be vacated by Congressman Henry Hyde (R). Illinois Democrats want Major Tammy Duckworth to enter the race. She cannot announce her decision publicly until she is officially released from active duty with the National Guard.

The one thing that really bothers me about the way Duckworth is being packaged is that she seems to always be put forth first and foremost as 'war hero' not veteran. You know, I understand a campaign spinning like this, but I don't get it when the MSM does it for the campaign.