Saturday, February 16, 2008


An example of "Headline does not belong to picture" This method is designed to strengthen certain Memes - in this case "All bad news from the Middle East is because of the Iraq war"

The worst part of this headline contains all kinds of subtle press malfeasance, to wit-
  1. "Study" - this takes the onus of proof away from the reporter, who now can say he/she was "just" reporting. Yeah, like the bullshit Lancet study? Remember, only BAD news about Iraq makes the news headlines, and only negative studies.
  2. That is a file photo. It has NOTHING to do with the story. If this were Bosnia, the picture would have been of a mass grave, none of which have been found in Iraq, if I were to get my news only from your headlines. Or at least on any front page of ABC, MSNBC, CBS, BBC, with near the frequency as this tripe.
  3. Worst of all, the headline pretends that the idiot journalists know better how to conduct operations and logistics for our troops. Go cover a candlelight vigil, or a cat in the tree story, please. You are not needed in Iraq, we won, despite you.

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