Tuesday, August 27, 2002

The Tale Of The Headline

Wanna guess the Commercial Appeal's sympathies in this story? An elderly homeowner found two young men breaking into his home. He got his gun and fired several shots, one of which hit and killed one of the intruders. That intruder has a record of drugs, criminal trespass, assault and other crime going back years.

The headline? "Homeowner's shot killed a troubled teen"

Inflammatory and misleading, you say? Nope, just standard operating procedure at the CA. And to top it off, they printed the homeowner's full name and street address, his subdivision and connecting street. Why not print a map? Oh, wait. They did that yesterday. But they did not print the address of the criminal, only using "the 3800 block of Coral."

Until next time,
Your Working Boy

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