Obama, McCain duel over economy in key states
What a horrible, horrible lede. First, it's not written in English. Obama and McCain did not duel. They were not even in the same place. They did not even discuss or debate. They did not address the economy. They just talked trash about each other with the economy as a backdrop. The states are not any more "key" than any other states. They just happen to be battleground states because of the electoral college system. The actual meaning of the lede is as follows: "Obama and McCain give slightly revised stump speeches in electorally important states." But no one wants to read that. And they are completely reasonable to not want to read it, because nothing of importance occurred, and writing a lede that comes close to the New York Post's standards does not change that shortcoming.
I think the media is suffering from a "bubble". Like many mortgages that should not have been written, and many houses that should not have been built, a lot of content should not be published, because it actively makes people dumber. While they have a right to publish it, and people have a right to read it, I don't have to pretend it's informative or educational.