He-Said, She-Said (Headline Edition)

A headline from the online version of today’s Anchorage Daily News:

“Debate seen as chance for Palin rebound” and, subhed: “TONIGHT: Supporters want to see energetic reformer in clash with Biden; critics call for substance”

Really? “Critics” want substance? Only “critics” want this? Palin “supporters” don’t care to see “substance?” “Calling for substance” is a he-said in our country now? To be attributed? To this side or that? Doesn’t (shouldn’t) all of America “call for substance” from all of its candidates?

I know, I know. Just a headline. Still: Maddening.

Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.