The Corner – Just Asking . . . by Jay Nordlinger

Consider the opening sentences of this AP report:

Sarah Palin played it safe Sunday on her first trip as John McCain’s running mate to the battleground state of Florida.

She went to perhaps the easiest place in Florida to get a large Republican turnout, stuck mostly to the themes she’s hit since the Republican convention and took no questions from reporters or the crowd.

Barack Obama has gone to Democratic strongholds. He has stuck to his themes, taken no questions. But can you imagine such a report being written about one of his trips?

And aren’t wire-service reports supposed to avoid commentary or bias — perhaps particularly in their opening sentences?

But I’ve been singing this song for so long, I’m hoarse . . .

If I ever see a wire story stick to a pyramid-shaped presentation of the news, I’ll die of shock.