Big Government Framing

The most important part of a news story is its title, or headline, and the opening paragraph - because that's all most people read.

Think of how you read the newspaper. If you're like most people, you skim it looking for articles of interest. If the headline grabs you, you might read the first paragraph or two. If that grabs you, you may read more.Only 10% of readers read beyond the opening 2-3 paragraphs of a typical news article.

The opening elements of a news article - the title and the opening paragraph - are therefore crucial. If they contain only a Big Government point of view, then readers are left with a Big Government point of view - whether or not a small government alternative is covered later in the article. See the related BIGGIB Where's Waldo.