What’s Wrong With This Headline?

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on June 13, 2007

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-Read the excerpt below from James Taranto's "Best of the Web" post at opinionjournal.com.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

The Oakland (Mich.) Press has an upbeat story about military recruitment:

Kyle Thiel can’t wait to join the U.S. Army and fight the “war on terror” in Iraq as part of an infantry unit.

“Ever since 9/11, that’s all I wanted to do,” said Thiel, 18, of White Lake Township….

The Army is enlisting far more soldiers than before the war, officials said.

“Pre-invasion, the military was in a different mode. The Cold War had ended and the Army didn’t need to be at such full strength,” said Army spokesman Jeff Landenberger.

“Now a lot of people come in strictly for patriotism. They want to be part of history,” added Army Sgt. Aaron Stuckey, 28, of Birmingham.

The headline: “Despite War, Army Draws Recruits.” Despite?

Go to OpinionJournal.com for the original posting from 4/17/07.

 

 

 

 

 



Questions

1.  What is wrong with the headline “Despite War, Army Draws Recruits”?

2.  What type of bias is the post below an example of?


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Answer(s)

1.   The headline told a very different story than the article. Editors not reporters are generally responsible for headlines, and they can greatly influence opinions about the news. The importance of a bias-free headline is that most people don’t read every word of every article; they often just skim the headlines. That meant the people who read just the headline got a very different impression from those who read the entire article . (this answer provided by Lynn Davidson in a June 8, 2007 post at Newsbusters.org) 

2.  The headline is an example of bias by spin.