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The dark art of misleading headlines

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/ayrshire/coronavirus-scotland-23-new-cases-22467532

Maybe I’m being a bit thick or they’re being a bit duplicitous. If I know that word, can I be thick, really?

I thought that headline meant there had been an outbreak of coronavirus in a school of some kind. I know that pupils are not yet back but are some teachers, admin or maintenance staff in? It seemed a reasonable reaction to think this was in a school.

See that ‘after’, it’s the same one BBC Scotland use when babies die in hospital ‘after’ pigeon poo is spotted in the boiler room. How many million other things happened, just in Scotland, ‘after’ the EIS said they were worried?

Most people mostly only read headlines so they can be influential:

Did you hear that? There were 123 cases of that virus thing in a school! I’m no sending Noah back. He’s learning plenty English, history and geography like on that new tablet. I think it’s a country called Westeros. It’s near England so it is.

On the power of headlines: https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/headlines-change-way-think

Written by James Alami

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