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*KSL NewsRadio takes a look at the way media outlets cover a story and how that can help shape public perception. To hear more, tune into "*Both Sides" weekdays at 6:55 a.m., and 8:55 a.m., on KSLNewsRadio, 102.7 FM and 1160 AM. SALT LAKE CITY — President-elect Donald Trump's security briefings have been the subject of much discussion in the past weeks.

Whether you agree or disagree with Trump's decision to accept some intelligence briefings but not others, the way the issue is being reported varies greatly. Amanda Dickson and Tim Hughes discuss the issue on "Both Sides" on Utah's Morning News.

Our first headline is a news piece by Reuters, an international news agency: "Trump gets one presidential intelligence briefing a week." In news reporting, the writer is expected to be balanced and include both sides of an issue where possible.

Our second headline comes from The Washington Post opinion section: "Obama's hypocrisy on intelligence briefings." With opinion pieces, a writer is still expected to present facts, but is allowed to take a position and offer his or her perspective. Best practices in journalism call for opinion pieces to be clearly labeled.

Hughes and Dickson do a deeper dive on the coverage from both:

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