Many articles popped up in the mainstream press, Thursday, March 24, about the possibility of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) throwing her hat into the next presidential election. Most know by now that Bachmann will likely start a "presidential exploratory committee" soon. As I read several publications online, I noticed that many took different angles on this story. For example, the headline for one particular story that ran on the Politico's website read: "Michele Bachmann bid could shake up GOP field."
The headline caught my attention because it was not a hard news headline like other stories I'd read on this topic. I began to read through the article and something hit me after the first two paragraphs.
I stopped and promptly began searching to make sure I wasn't reading a blog or an opinionated piece but many paragraphs certainly read that way. I checked and, unless I made a mistake or had trouble figuring out Politico's website, this story was listed under the "CONGRESS" section and the link to the story even says "news stories" in it. To my knowledge, this was not a blog or an opinionated piece, but a news story.
However, one particular paragraph had me thinking 'Okay, surely a source will be attributed at the end of this soon.' It didn't happen.
"What separates her from the pack is that, with the possible exception of Palin, she can speak to conservative activists like no other candidate. She knows how to grab their attention on cable TV, talk radio and the internet — and it’s not Paul Ryan-esque budget graph wonkery," wrote the Politico.