Clever headlines appropriate?

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  • Chris Plummer
    June 2, 2008 4:16 p.m.

    FOX news on teh internet seems to do the same thing.

  • Robert
    June 2, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    Grover,

    The headline might be, "clever headline writers all wet"

  • Grover
    June 2, 2008 11:23 a.m.

    It should be against the law and perpetrators should be water boarded. Then let's see them come up with a cute headline for that story! Wait, wait water boarded sort of rhymes with "sordid". Maybe not!

  • 2 bits
    June 2, 2008 10:55 a.m.

    News Papers should absolutly be prohibited from trying to be clever. It should be the law!

  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2008 10:26 a.m.

    My favorite headline from a few years ago in another newspaper. The Dallas Cowboys had just hired Barry Switzer as head coach- "Dallas Now Part Of Switzer-Land."

  • Oh Please
    June 2, 2008 9:35 a.m.

    I like cheesy headlines. My favorite is when Variety reported that rural movie goers did not like movies that were made about them: "HIX NIX STIX PIX!"

  • John
    June 2, 2008 8:51 a.m.

    This is a newspaper tradition that dates way, way back--it's nothing new. Sometimes headline writers hit the mark, sometimes they don't. But it's a practice that is respectable when done well. Surely the letter writer has something more pressing to concern himself with?

  • BH
    June 2, 2008 7:14 a.m.

    Oh, come on Jerry. Let your collar down a little bit. If we can't laugh at what happens in the world, then we will all live miserable, stressful lives. And there is enough stress and misery in this world as it is.

  • Wordsworth
    June 2, 2008 7:10 a.m.

    I tend to agree with Jerry. More and more newspapers seem to have to make some sort of a pun of their headlines. Some of them are just plain bad. I'd like to see an elevation of the level of writing in both the headlines and articles.

  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2008 6:55 a.m.

    Of course they are in a contest. They are in a contest with other news media to lure readers. Their advertising rates rise and fall with their measured readership.
    Unfortunately the need to compete has made our "news" sources mostly another form of entertainment. Dramatic news gets much more ink or airtime than the mundane informative stuff.

  • Danny C.
    June 2, 2008 6:49 a.m.

    If they can't move beyond cheesy, they should probably give up.

  • Chad
    June 2, 2008 6:31 a.m.

    research has shown that even anticipating laughter can decrease stress hormones in the blood by up to 70%. So to laugh, even chuckle in a "jeez-that's-stupid" kind of way, while reading the daily paper is bad because.....

  • lamonte
    June 2, 2008 5:26 a.m.

    Jerry - you must be kidding. Isn't it refreshing to see some creativity injected into an otherwise mundane story with nothing but facts. The headline may be the writer's only opportunity for creative outlet. Celebrate it, man!