Monday, October 25th, 2010
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How To Read Headlines

Remember Beattie's Law: "If there’s a question mark in the headline the answer is either (tabloid) 'no' or (broadsheet) 'who cares?'"

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hockeymom (#143)

I had a J-School prof (ha, remember THOSE guys?) who said that a ? in a headline, or a rhetorical question in a tease was a sign of incompetence, laziness and journalistic malpractice.

Is he right?
(yes, yes he is.)

deepomega (#1,720)

"What do you think?"

Pop Socket (#187)

Every headline on the Washington Post website homepage has a question mark in it lately. Just sayin'.

carpetblogger (#306)

Slate is nothing but questions these days.

lawyergay (#220)

My last two big projects for my freelance client had question marks in the headlines.

jobbotch (#3,528)

And on cable news, the answer is "God, we hope"

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