How To Rewrite Misleading News Headlines

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I have a habit of rewriting misleading news headlines.

Most people read headlines, not articles, so news writers and editors know it’s important to communicate their message via headlines.

In many cases, news headlines are deliberately misleading.

In some cases, such as when a story fits a particular political agenda, the headline will specify the race of the victim and the offender. For example:

“White police officer shoots unarmed black man”

We’ve seen this sort of headline a lot during the past year or two, have we not?

In other cases, such as when a story does not fit a particular political agenda, the headline will not specify the race of the victim and the offender. For example:

“Teens arrested in fatal shooting”

When I see headlines like this, I know I’m being misled. I know the words “teen” and “fatal shooting” are often newspeak for “black” and “murder”.

I suggest that whenever you read news stories you begin (mentally) writing what you believe to be more accurate headlines for the stories you read. When you start doing this, you will begin to discover, as I have, that many news headlines can be rewritten so as to communicate the (inconvenient) truths of stories in a simple, direct, and honest fashion.

Below are a few recent examples of misleading headlines.

My rewritten headline, which I wrote after reading/watching the stories, appears first, in bold.

The misleading headlines, written by news writers and editors, with links, appears second:

Funeral planned for one of two white police officers murdered by black man

Funeral planned for South Georgia police officer killed in line of duty http://wjbf.com/2016/12/10/funeral-planned-for-south-georgia-police-officer-killed-in-line-of-duty/

Sheriff tells the truth about two thugs who murdered young mother

2 teens arrested in Polk after Orange County homicide

 

No bond for 3 blacks who murdered 4 year old hispanic girl

No bond for 3 teens in murder of 4-year-old Ava Castillo http://www.khou.com/news/crime/no-bond-for-3-teens-in-murder-of-4-year-old-ava-castillo/363228964

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charges 6 blacks with murder of 15-year-old white male

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charges 5 adults and a minor with murder of 15-year-old http://wjbf.com/2016/11/22/aiken-county-sheriffs-office-reveals-how-they-uncovered-3-more-suspects-in-deadly-home-invasion-6-total-now-charged-with-murder/

As you can see, since most people read only headlines, news writers and editors want to make sure readers aren’t told the ugly, inconvenient, politically incorrect truths about news stories via simple, direct, and honest headlines. Instead, they work very hard to conceal the truth from us each and every day.

About ajmacdonaldjr

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One Response to How To Rewrite Misleading News Headlines

  1. Notice the two headlines below, which concern the same news story… The first is from a “liberal” news outlet, and the second is from a “conservative” news outlet…

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill To Halt U.S. Arms Supplies To Syrian Allies http://www.npr.org/2016/12/10/505079126/hawaii-congresswoman-tulsi-gabbard-introduces-bill-to-halt-u-s-arms-supplies-to

    Democratic Congresswoman Says U.S. Is Funding And Arming ISIS http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/10/democratic-congresswoman-says-u-s-is-funding-and-arming-isis/

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