Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wrong Again

As part of my continuing complaint about AP/Yahoo headlines:

If there weren't a struggle going on over executive branch authority, I'd care a little less about this inaccurate headline. But there is a problem over power, and so here are my two complaints with either an AP or a Yahoo headline writer.

First, the story is sourced. You can't then have the headline state this as fact.

Second, and far more important: The president doesn't pick an AG. He nominates someone; the Senate approves.

Note that the second graf of the story makes the process clear.

Bush picks Mukasey as attorney general

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - President Bush has settled on Michael B. Mukasey, a retired federal judge from New York, to replace Alberto Gonzales as attorney general and will announce his selection Monday, a person familiar with the president's decision said Sunday evening.

Mukasey, who has handled terrorist cases in the U.S. legal system for more than a decade, would become the nation's top law enforcement officer if confirmed by the Senate. Mukasey has the support of some key Democrats, and it appeared Bush was trying to avoid a bruising confirmation battle.

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