Saturday, April 7, 2012

Headline Stupidity

The Associated Press headline, at least as it appeared on Yahoo! News, said the following:

The problem is that this headline is not news.  Indeed, the circumstances were so striking that I wrote a post about it last June!  Even more interesting, however, is that it was not really the headline for the story by Gillian Wong that followed!  The real news is that five people were just indicted for their role in this kidney sale.  Citing the Xinhua News Agency as her source, Wong elaborated on who those five people were:

The defendants include a surgeon, a hospital contractor, and brokers who looked for donors online and leased an operating room to conduct the procedure, Xinhua said.

Now we are getting at something more like a real news story!

1 comment:

Inigo Jones said...

I recently came across a blog here:

called "Sociological Images" that does some similar thinking which you might enjoy.

There's another blog that caches similar instances of discursive en passant over here:

you might enjoy it too.