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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Daily Distortion from the Huff

I dont know why the HuffPo insists on dishonestly misrepresenting the intent of news stories with completely misleading headlines. They clearly do not represent what the article conveys, yet, this is a daily occurance at the HP.
Today, this is the headline:

Israel To Hamas PM: Fear For Your Life...

Maybe its just me, but the insinuation here is that Israel is threatening violence in a 'crazy talk', scary manner. In much the same way that crazy ass leader of Iran has been doing lately (not even going to attempt to spell it).

But go to the article and the very first line reads:
Israel's defense minister advised the incoming Palestinian prime minister Tuesday to fear for his life if Hamas militants start attacking Israel again.

Is that bad? Makes sense to me. A group that lives right next door has been promising to drive Israel into the sea and now they have a new leader. Probably an opportune moment to let them know that you will be bringing on the pain if they keep pulling the same shit.

Just be honest, HuffPo, why the deceiving headlines? Your readers arent all morons. They will click on the link to a story if they think it might interest them. Why trick them? Is it because it counts as a 'hit' and advertisers like seeing numbers that indicate readers are very interested in all of the articles?


Blogger joe said...

There used to be a saying: Dont judge a book by its cover.

Yes the headline might be better reparsed to read something like:

Isreal warns against further attacks.
Hamas PM warned, Isreal not laying down.

Frankly niether of those is any good either.

Now I cant speak for Huffpo, indeed they generally dont even allow my posts through, and have never answered my emails asking why.

That being said, I have seen them change headlines at the request of other bloggers.

This is nothing new really, all media has trouble with headlines and bullet points, heck FOX news the other day had this: Civil War in Iraq: can it be a good thing?

Of course Huffpo, like Fox news is up 24 hours a day, though unlike Fox its a static design rather than loops of taped shows interspersed with news flashes, it is completely understandable that coming up with headlines for articles is a tough job. Just look at the ridiculous lengths I go to to headline my blogs. No wonder I'm not as prolific as others, wasting too much time making pretty blurbs.

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