FOX news on teh internet seems to do the same thing.
Grover,The headline might be, "clever headline writers all wet"
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!
News Papers should absolutly be prohibited from trying to be clever. It should
be the law!
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
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!"
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?
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.
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.
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.
If they can't move beyond cheesy, they should probably give up.
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.....
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!