Headline in the Los Angeles Times July 24:
“TARP pay czar criticizes big bank bonuses but won’t seek refund of bailout money.”
First sentence in the article:
“The Obama administration’s pay czar on Friday came to the same conclusion about fat Wall Street bonuses that average Americans have already reached: There’s no logic behind them, except greed.”
Help! Facts not in evidence. Who are the “average Americans” to which the writer so assuredly refers? And would all those un-named yet average Americans agree that the only “logic” is greed? Maybe. Maybe not.
I’m sorry. A front page article (as it was in my local paper, The Tribune)—with or without byline—needs to be an objective account of something. Opening with such a sentence tells me I’m reading an editorial, not a news article.