Stay out of the story

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June 4, 2018 by jacklovelace

I was reading online and ran across the story in USA Today on the Supreme Court ruling on the baker in Colorado refusing to make a cake for a gay couple on religious grounds.

The headline said a “divided” Supreme Court ruled in the baker’s favor.

I assumed it was one of those 5-4 Supreme Court rulings.

I began the story, that also called the court divided in the lead. Oh no. It was 7-2. Divided?

Would 8-1 still be divided?

When you load things up that much, you assume the writer is carrying a lot of feelings into the story, which is not their job.

Later I saw heads and leads referring to a “narrow” decision, which is actually right on the mark since it made no sweeping pronouncements. Which is no doubt why it was 7-2 instead of closer.

Journalism needs precision, not feelings, when the job is supposed to be strictly reporting the news.

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