Now for an installment of “You Play the Media Critic.”

Question: Can you spot anything amiss in these two stories from Politico?

Story #1: “Freshmen Cash In

Date: Sept. 28, 2011

First Paragraph:

They might be rookies, but freshman Republicans are becoming Washington fundraising pros.

Story #2: “ House Republican Freshmen Come up Short on Cash

Date: Oct. 17, 2011

First Paragraph:

House GOP freshmen – many of them political novices who rode to victory on an anti-Washington wave – are discovering they aren’t very good at one of the capital’s most pressing chores: raising money.

Erik Wemple Blog has reached out to two Politico editors to discuss whatever discrepancies may exist here. Said editors would probably note that the first story was reported before the third-quarter fundraising drew to a close; second story reported the results. Still.