Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Misrepresentation and the news

It's common for newspaper headlines to misrepresent the story, simply becuase headline writers sometimes don't really read the story, they just skim over it quickly, and they value cute more than accurate at times.

But in this article the story writer uses a lead sentence that misleads, I can only assume it's intentional.

People left homeless after their trailer park is closed by the city, he says.

But the story says the city is putting them up elsewhere. There're being relocated and given a month to find a new residence. That's not homeless. Maybe some of them will end up being homeless in a month, maybe not, maybe the city will put some of them up longer than a month. We don't know. But they aren't homeless now.

It makes you wonder what kind of agenda that newspaper has.


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