Nato Troops in Afghanistan have begun a major assault against Taliban-held areas in Afghanistan. Here’s how this story is being presented Saturday night by various media outlets.

ABC News
Bombs Slow Big Afghanistan Advance

CNN
Coalition troops find ‘minimal interference’ in assault on Taliban

Drudge
NATO LAUNCHES LARGE AFGHANISTAN OFFENSIVE…

MSNBC
Marines’ taste of Afghan war

LATimes
Marines take key positions in Taliban stronghold of Marja

Associated Press/CBS News
Bombs, booby-traps slow US advance in Afghan town

BBC News
Nato hails major Afghan operation

Fox News
Afghan Push Hits Roadblocks

NY Times
Afghan Offensive Is New War Model

Huffington Post
‘Mowing The Grass’: Marine Slams Insurgents Clearing Strategy
(Note: The Huffpo headline links to the NY Times story above)

(Thanks to Pepe for the tip on this one.)

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Chernynkaya
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E’cat, this headline is from Reuters:

U.S. wants peaceful solution to Iran nuclear dispute Feb 14, 2010

While not about Afghanistan, it struck me– We’d never see that headline on HP. Never!

(click on word ‘headline’)

Chernynkaya
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I can write Huffy headlines too:

Maddow Calls out GOP Congressman for Stimulus Funds that Obama Forced on Everybody

Joe Biden Tears into Cheney; Obama Issues Apology to Cheney

Hannah Kearney Wins USA’s First GOLD Despite Obama Tripping Her

Valentine’s Day Ruined By Obama the Heartbreaker

White House Releases Full Details Of Health Care Summit With GOP Leaders –In Disappearing Ink

Record Snow in Northeast Due to Obama’s EPA

NATO Strike Misses Target, Kills 12 Afghan Civilians while Michelle Obama Dines on Valentine’s Day

Woman Charged With Stabbing Man Through The Eye With Obama’s Stiletto Heel

China Warns US: Cancel Meeting With Dalai Lama; Obama Obeys

See, it’s easy! Just add the name “Obama” to any negative news.

SueInCa
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Love the disappearing ink, classic. I can see Boner and Cantor just staring trying to figure it out, then they say, is that our budget? what happened to the pretty blue binder

boomer1949
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Rachel Maddow knows her stuff — a trait lacking for anyone else in MSM. Her education puts the rest to shame:

From http://www.Maddowfans.com

A graduate of Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, California, Maddow later obtained a degree in public policy from Stanford University in 1994. She then received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1995 and used it to obtain a D.Phil. in political science from Lincoln College, Oxford University.

SueInCa
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I grew up nearby in the Diablo Valley, and lived over the hill from Castro Valley in San Ramon

nellie
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e’cat this is always one of my favorite posts on PPOV.

This time, it’s particularly interesting, because it’s clear the different outlets don’t agree on what the story really is.

Is it that NATO is pushing forward? Is it that there are land mines in the area? Is it that the strategy is being deterred? What’s the lede?

This is a fascinating Rashomon. Thank you. I feel like I need to look into this story more deeply.

BigDogMom
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BigDogMom

Does Huffpoop write anything anymore or is just a link provider? Would love to know if the ones in charge of the headlines over there ever read the actual story and if they ever worked for a tabloid paper.

Pepe Lepew
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Yes, they write their own headlines. Their headline bore no resemblance whatsoever to the headline on the NYT story.