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AOL headline: fierce partisan Howard Dean is just “Former Gov”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:18 am - May 8, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias

Finding bias in AOL headlines is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. Take a gander at this screenshot of their home page Sunday night at 8:21 PST:

And who might that former governor be? None other than Howard Dean, also a former Democratic presidential candidate and former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

AOL dresses up a fierce partisan in the most banal terms as if he is just your average run-of-the-mill former governor, rather than someone with a long record of harsh attacks on Republicans, accusing them of “bashing” any number of groups, including women.

The headline may be accurate; Dean is indeed a former governor.  But identifying him as such is most misleading.  Not all former governors say they “hate Republicans and everything they stand for.

Maybe the editors at AOL find Mr. Dean to be just a mainstream former governor.


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