By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
May 22, 2013

FORTUNE — A search of Google News the day after Tim Cook’s Senate testimony on Apple’s (AAPL) taxes turned up two kinds of stories.

Headlines reporting on the fact of the hearing tended to use metaphors of violence (“rip,” “lambaste,” “clash,” “spar,” “fend off”) or of high-temperature torture (“grilled,” “under fire,” “hot seat”).

But the journalists who reported on the atmospherics — and, dare I say, the substance — of the hearing told a very different story. Sample headlines:

My take (with apologies for the pugilistic metaphor): No one laid a glove on him.

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