Politico Wingnut Bait?
This is curious: twice in two weeks Politico has given rather sensational headlines to stories, then changed them later in the day. The original headline for Mike Allen’s preview of the president’s Cairo speech, which has been preserved in a syndicated version:
Obama walks Muslim minefield
The headline that replaced this later in the day:
Obama faces Mideast test
The original headline for today’s story by Carrie Budoff Brown, which has been preserved in a Google News search:
Obama’s gov’t-mandated diet plan
The new headline:
Coach Obama: Shape up now
Without “government mandated” this is a lot less dramatic, although still not as dramatic as “Muslim minefield,” which enters the all-time bad metaphor hall of fame. (“Today, the president strapped on a vest of truth and walked into a Sbarro pizza parlor of controversy…”) It’s just odd coming from a publication that liberals like to attack for “baiting” the Drudge Report.
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