"As president, he inherited the headwinds of the worst economic recession since the great depression. He pushed through congress the biggest economic recovery plan in history and led a government reorganization of two of the big three American automakers to save them from oblivion. He pursued domestic and foreign policy agendas that are controversial to many, highlighted by his signature into law of the most comprehensive health care legislation in history.
And the budget plans proposed by the president on the one hand and Republicans on the other hand aren’t even on the same planet....
We’re very honored today to have the man currently holding the office and aspiring for it for another term, and with apologies to Al Green, my new favorite singer.”
This is how Dean Singleton, chairman of the Associated Press board, introduced President Obama at his speech to reporters. This must be the "more voice" "more interpretation" that Associated Press demands in its "news."
"...journalism that’s more analytical, maybe a fresh and immediate entry point, a move away from text, a multimedia mashup or a different story form that speaks more directly to users.
More than ever, we need to infuse that sensibility into our daily process of news and planning. We need to institutionalize it....
We’re going to be pushing hard on journalism with voice, with context, with more interpretation. This does not mean that we’re sacrificing any of our deep commitment to unbiased, fair journalism. It does not mean that we’re venturing into opinion, either. It does mean that we need to be looking for ways to be more distinctive and stand out in the field — something our customers need and want. The why and the how of the news are as crucial as the who, what, when and where."