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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. ┬áBut identifying him as such is most misleading. ┬áNot 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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