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Question Marks In Journalism Headlines ????

Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:24 am

For the last few years, I have been annoyed by the habit of most TV networks, newspapers and magazines of using question marks in their article headlines.

Rather than report facts (and state them as facts), they seem to dance around them and add more uncertainty to issues rather than clearing them up. My friends know this is one my major peeves.

Last night, Jon Stewart spoke on this subject for about 3 minutes. It was as if I had written the words myself! Finally, someone gets it.  Smile  Smile



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RE: Question Marks In Journalism Headlines?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:27 am

Maybe certain elements of the news media, don't have an idea what they are talking about, and trying to make up stories.

Quoting Diamond (Thread starter):
Rather than report facts (and state them as facts), they seem to dance around them and add more uncertainty to issues rather than clearing them up.

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RE: Question Marks In Journalism Headlines?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:49 am

A quick check of some leading news websites revealed the following use of "??" in their headlines (based only on their main website pages):

I agree with the others that hate this style of reporting. It's evasive and editorial.


CNN (none)


FoxNews (six):

- What is convicted child sex offender Debra LaFave doing on TV?
- Shouldn't we bomb the Taliban before they bomb us?
- Junk Science: Lance Armstrong's Self-Inflicted Cancer?
- What prevented a U.S. drone from destroying a key Taliban target?
- 'Pope' Jonathan Morris in 2051?
- Who's Sorry Now?


ABC News (eight):

- Tucker Carlson: 'Dancing' Dud?
- Silicon Insider: Is Apple Poised to Topple the PC Big Boys?
- Secret Courts?: Spying Bill Clears Senate Panel
- Beach Tennis: Blasphemy or Boom?
- Talk Politics: How Influential Are Bloggers?
- Space Talk: Conversation Better in Zero G?
- Does Where You Live = When You'll Die?
- How Important Are Computers in Your Life?


CBS News (four):

- Will Zune Take Down iPod?
- Is Early Admission Unfair?
- Too Many Voters In Milwaukee?
- 'Islamic Fascism': What's The Issue?


MSNBC (nine):

- Hooked on your cell?
- Is air travel safer five years after Sept. 11 attacks?
- Scoop: Will Cruise's legal team quash book?
- In the future, will reading be necessary?
- Payday loans targeting military members?
- The first Muslim in Congress?
- Do Democrats have an Achilles' heel?
- Can pollutant stave off warming crisis?
- Daily Nightly: Taliban in our sights?
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RE: Question Marks In Journalism Headlines?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:30 am

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
Maybe certain elements of the news media, don't have an idea what they are talking about, and trying to make up stories.

Which media outlet doesn't do that.

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 2):

wow quite stories there
 
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RE: Question Marks In Journalism Headlines?

Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:54 am

Many times it's done for brevity's sake. There are space limitations.

As an editor myself, I don't have a problem with it. If anything it allows the reader to draw their own conclusions from the fact presented.

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