Thursday, March 2, 2017

Passing Muster: If It Bleeds, It Leads — To Reuters’ Absurdity

...However, there’s a culture in your newsroom — perhaps even specific guidelines — that whenever there’s a terror attack, you emphasize the death, not the actions or intent that led to it. Even if it the only person who died was the terrorist himself. It’s a thin moral veneer for the news adage, “If it bleeds, it leads,” which itself tends to rationalize sensationalism over sensibility.

Pesach Benson..
Honest Reporting..
02 March '17..

It was a clear-cut case of self-defense.

And Reuters blew it.

Imagine you’re a headline writer and a story reaches your desk that a Palestinian has infiltrated a settlement farm in the Hebron Hills and stabbed an Israeli man in front of his horrified family. The victim managed to shoot the terrorist, who was subsequently pronounced dead by medics. The victim, thankfully, was only lightly wounded.

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