24 December '15..
News breaks fast. In the rush to be the first to cover a breaking news story, the media will put up headlines on their websites without taking the time to fact check and make sure that they have the story right. Even if the article underneath the headline has all the relevant information, a bungled headline skews an entire story.
Case in point:
Two Israelis were killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. This fact should not be difficult to sum up in a headline when it is clear exactly who were the victims and who were the perpetrators.
However, one of the first headlines to appear was this one from the Associated Press:
Why were these Palestinians killed? Were they the ones stabbed? This headline does not tell readers the basic facts of the incident.
Many other news outlets like the New York Times and Time magazine ran the AP’s headline and spread the misinformation around the world:
Following outrage at the misleading and biased headline, the AP amended it and the Times and others picked up the new headline:
But if they took the time to try and bring clarity to the headline, one could only wonder why an editor decided that Palestinians were “killed” while Israelis “die.” Weren’t the Israelis actually “killed?”
Of course, it could be worse. Here is the headline from Iran’s propaganda arm, Press TV:
Press TV cannot be regarded as a credible media outlet, but seeing the headlines that ran in the mainstream press, one has to wonder if attempts to confuse victims and their assailants in this conflict are having an impact.
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