Iâm going to start a âheated upâ watch.
âHeated upâ is the most overused lead in political news coverage. Itâs a cliché reporters resort to all too often when candidates attack.
So Iâm going to call out any uses of âheated upâ I see in political coverage.
The latest sinner is an excellent reporter, Mark Johnson of the Charlotte Observer. He wrote this lead in Tuesdayâs paper:
âThe typically overshadowed race for lieutenant governor heated up Monday when two of the candidates for the Democratic nomination tussled over core issues for their party: abortion rights, death penalty reform, affirmative action and pollution control.â
How would you write it differently? Try this:
The old âwedge issuesâ that Republicans once used against Democrats are back: abortion rights, death penalty reform and affirmative action. But this time a Democrat is using them against a Democrat in the typically overshadowed race for lieutenant governor.
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