Monday, August 8, 2022

Headlines, Framed to Mislead

There was a lot of important national political news today, even before the FBI had executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

Jonathan M. Katz pointed out the way major mainstream media headlines played it all down:

How headline writers this morning covered:

1. Trump destroying evidence of his crimes, including possible treason:

2 and 3. The GOP planning to rig the next two elections in broad daylight:

4. Trump telling his generals he wished he was more like Adolf Hitler:

Sherrilyn Ifill, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, retweeted Katz and commented further:

Choosing clever and snark over sounding the alarm. Headline writers and the editors who approve their copy are exercising powerful control and have played a critical role in tamping down the public’s ability to identify danger to our democracy.

I can't wait to see what the headlines about the Mar-a-Lago search warrant stories are. I'm not clever enough to turn them into a joke...except I did finally notice that Mar-a-Lago gets abbreviated to MAL, which seems appropriate.

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