Comparing headlines: same article, two sources

Seeing a small headline in a sidebar on TPM stoked my curiosity: Where was the article from, and whar did it say?

On TPM, the headline was “Obama: We Must Ensure Katrina Failures ‘Are Never Repeated’.”

I couldn’t agree more. But who wrote it, and what did their headline say?

Turns out it was from USA Today. The headline: Obama: Katrina survivors didn’t get enough help.”

I couldn’t agree more with that either.

While TPM used a more drastic framing for the story, both stated an essential truth: What happened to the people of New Orleans cannot happen again.

Whenever Bush would go to Texas for his annual August vacation, I would always become a little unnerved — what would happen this time? My fear started after the events of 2001, when Bush seemed to ignore the dire warning he was given about an emminent terrorist attack. That fear became idle for a few years, but returned in force when Bush watched Hurricane Katrina roll over the Big Easy from the comfort of his Texas ranch. Bush fiddled while New Orleans flooded. A more disgraceful president I’ve not been alive to see.


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.