Hello Newsvine! I have been on a trip to Botswana (Southern African country) for the past five weeks and I was not able to write anything. However, I'm back, refreshed, and ready to start writing again.
I am re-booting my column with a topic I like to complain about, terrible professional journalism (because I shouldn't be better than someone who is making a career out of this). However, this is unlike my previous complaints in multiple manners: firstly, this is not a local news column that I love to target, and secondly, this is a headline.
I was poking around MSN to find some news to keep me awake and I happened upon a seemingly innocent headline that I clicked on, reading "Complain about hamburgers, go to jail." Now, you would assume that the headline on the article page would be similar, as I did, but I think you'll be surprised:
This article is brought to you courtesy of msnNOW, and I must say, it's very impressive. I confess I was on the floor laughing when I read it, and the second time, and now, as I type this.
I hold MSN, which is my favorite news site, to a high standard, which includes the writers behind the headlines. I never see typos, I never see strange sentences or headlines, and I never, ever see wrong information. I was floored to see this headline. I'm sure it's allowed under whatever rules news runs under, but since I haven't seen a headline like this before, I must ask, "where did this come from?"
I just don't expect to see the language of a 14 year old on a major (public) news site, especially when it's linked to the front page.
What are your thoughts?