Saturday, August 11, 2007

Headline Writers who Suck

Here's something else that annoys me: News headlines that are deliberately misleading, in hopes of getting people to click through.

The other day I saw on AOL this headline: Harry Potter actress reveals pregnancy. Obviously they're hoping that people will think, "Oh my God, Emma Watson's pregnant? But she's only seventeen!" Of course, it's only Helena Bonham Carter who's pregnant, not the person most people are going to think of as a "Harry Potter actress".

And since I'm in a complaining mood, does every home run Barry Bonds hits now that he's broken the all-time record really warrant a front-page headline on

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