Media Bias — Who Wrote That Headline?

A lot of people don’t realize that at large newspapers the people who write the stories don’t have final say on the headline that accompanies their story.

I suspect that explains this inexplicable headline in the Washington Post: “Conservatives Convinced College Board to Rewrite American History.”

That’s quite a scathing headline. One that’s not borne out by the relatively fair piece by Lyndsey Layton.

The story covers the recent revisions made in Advanced Placement United States History texts put out by the College Board. Previously the board had suddenly and quietly produced a shockingly left-wing retelling of U.S. history for students. Once the new texts were produced they were roundly blasted. These “revisions” were corrections of that misinformation and disinformation.

As noted above, the story is relatively fair and anodyne. The headline is something entirely different.

Question for the WaPo editorial staff, who wrote that headline and why is it so wildly exaggerated?

Needless to say, the comments of local Washington Post readers are hilarious and frightening. Remember America, these people are the ones working in the federal government, on Capitol Hill and in the NGOs/nonprofits that have undue influence on the central government.

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