Times vs. PI
The two dailies took two very different approaches to writing up yesterday’s landmark state Supreme Court Ruling, which gave a non-biological, non-adoptive lesbian mom a chance to establish her parental rights, and be a continued part of her kid’s life.
The PI wrote a nicely balanced headline—”Wider parental status in lesbian case; A state Supreme Court ruling created a new way that people ranging from same-sex partners to grandparents can be considered parents in the eyes of the law.” It’s thoughtful, without provoking.
But the Seattle Times took a nearly histrionic approach, utilizing language—”redefined,” for example—I’m more used to seeing in right-wing anti-same sex marriage, gays are after “special rights” PR than in Seattle’s daily paper: “State Supreme Court redefines parenthood; The ruling essentially creates a new class of parent in Washington state.” I can just imagine nuts like Ken Hutcherson reading that one over breakfast this morning, and getting all riled up.
And I can’t wait to see the Times’ headline when the State Supreme Court rules on the marriage case: “State Supreme Court redefines marriage,” most likely.