Little Words Influence Readers
The breaking news article about the "would-be robber" was much easier to understand than the article about the kidnap case. Obviously breaking news is shorter and more concise because of a lack of information but it was just better written.
I also didn't care for the authors tone in the kidnapping article because he swayed my opinion of the victim. Including phrases like, "in exchange for food and cigarettes." So yes, the teen was allegedly forced, but for cigarettes? It's the little things reporters choose to add that sway readers opinions, whether intentionally or unintentionally.