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Press Conference

USA Today published a story in early February on a press conference New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez gave regarding recently surfaced drug tests from several years ago. The tests showed that Rodriguez had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003. Major League Baseball officials released a statement to the press the day before regarding the issue. The release said that the organization did not support Rodriguez's actions, but that they stood behind him and respected him for speaking honestly. The story did not include any information from the release, but instead focused on the reactions of those at the conference and the statements Rodriguez made. The author could have included the official stance of MLB on his drug use and their commitment to support him in the upcoming season. Instead, he chose to discus Rodriguez's salary and statistics. Depending on the audience, the decision not to include that information could change the entire tone of the story.