What the hell, Politico? Your "coverage" of the Utah House victory for the Democratic candidate, Ben MacAdams? Made it all about who lost. Mia Love is not the story here. #Fail
November 21, 2018

[Editor's note: to compensate for the Politico fail illustrated below, we're giving free ad time to Ben MacAdams above. After all, he won Utah's Fourth Congressional House Seat.]

Watch how "Tiger Beat on the Potomac" (Thanks, Charlie Pierce!) frames the news for us:

From Politico https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/20/rep-mia-love-loses-to-democrat-in-utah-1009545

It’s really maddening.

The Democrat, Ben McAdams, won a seat in Utah(!), but Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) didn’t see that as newsworthy, just that Love lost. They didn’t frame it as proof of a Blue Wave, just that Love lost. They didn’t even include a picture of the winner.

We make a lot of inside jokes in "Mock Paper Scissors" headlines, but it's a blog and not a professional journalistic endeavor. Even non-Journalism School MPS knows that the headline should have been: Dem McAdams Beats Love in Utah.

Headlines 101: Who is the actor, what is the action.

Or, as one lone guttersnipe spitballed last night on the Twatter,

crossposted from Mock Paper Scissors

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