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Who Wrote It Best: Corey Lewandowski Was Fired

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Once again, Donald Trump has shaken up the election.

But this time, it occurred within his own campaign as he seeks to pull ahead of Hillary Clinton.

Much of the what has been written about Trump’s firing of his aide Corey Lewandowski is identical. To be fair, there isn’t much out there about the exact reasons why he’s gone. Rumors allege that Ivanka was behind it, but Lewandowski has his fair share of controversies, namely the famed incident in which he applied pressure to a female reporter’s arm at a campaign event.

Regardless, he’s gone and we’ll have to wait and see if Trump addresses what really happened. 

HuffPost and USA Today skip the word ‘fired” from their headlines while the NYT and CNBC put that fact in your face. There’s no need to soften what has happened by leaving it out of the headline.

Kudos to CNN’s Dana Bash for her lengthy interview with Lewandowski just hours after he was fired. He seems just as pro-Trump as always. But now, sadly, he’ll be watching the campaign unfold from a distance.

The Slot wins high marks.

The headline: After all that, Corey Lewandowski has been fired from the Trump campaign”

The author: Ellie Shechet.

The copy: The New York Times reports that Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, best known for having battery charges pressed against him by Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields (charges that were later dropped) and for having a history of misogynistic behavior, has finally—some might say belatedly—been punted from the campaign.”

The Daily Mail hardly ever disappoints. The headline isn’t original, but it’s what everybody is hoping Trump told Lewandowski verbatim. 

The headline: “You’re fired! Trump ousts controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski amid claims Ivanka and her brothers made him pull the trigger” 

The author: David Martosko

The copy: “Donald Trump fired his bare-knuckle-fighting campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Monday, severing him from the presidential campaign he guided through a contentious Republican primary.”

This one below is from HotAir, and it’s not an actual news story, but it’s headline-lede combo deserves attention. 

The headline: “Corey Lewandowski booted from the Trump Train”

The author: Jazz Shaw.

The copy: Politics used to be so predictable for the most part that it almost became boring. Not so in the Trump era. I would have bet dollars to donuts that Donald Trump would reward loyalty with loyalty when it came to his most trusted and reliable lieutenants on the political battlefield, despite any bad press they might generate or some failure to follow the established rules of the campaign road.”

Interesting decision by Gawker to use the term “loose cannon” to describe Lewandowski because that’s been thrown at Trump himself, most notably by Clinton.

The headline: “Donald Trump Fires Loose Cannon Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski”

The author: Jordan Sargent.

The copy: The war within the Donald Trump campaign has a victor. This morning, as first reported by the New York Times, Trump fired Corey Lewandowski, his rogue campaign manager best known for igniting a days-long controversy earlier this year after allegedly physically assaulting then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.”

It isn’t until the bottom of the seventh paragraph where Sargent mentions that Lewandowski was fired. You can’t wait that long to use that word in a story about Trump. The Telegraph needs to move that up. 

The headline: “Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski exits after internal power struggle” 

The author: David Lawler.

This WTF headline from CBS News makes it seem like he actively left the campaign. That’s not what happened. He was fired, and that’s even written in the story itself, although not in the lede.

The headline: “Corey Lewandowski leaves Donald Trump’s campaign”

The author: Rebecca Shabad

I didn’t even read this last article. But this headline grabbed me. Good job CNN.

The headline: “5 things that grabbed us about Corey Lewandowski.” 

The author: Chris Moody