Sunday, July 4, 2010

The HP's Latest Misleading Headline

On Friday the Huffington Post published a misleading headline and article so egregious that I knew I had to share it, even though it doesn't have anything to do with Israel or Jews. Take a look at this headline and picture, but ignore the text for now:

"American Tourist Shot" (and presumably killed) combined with a picture of South African policemen decked out in armor and helmets? It gives the impression that the police killed this American tourist who was visiting the World Cup, doesn't it?

One little problem: None of that is true. The American was shot (but not killed, he's in stable condition) but four men who robbed him. And he wasn't anywhere near the World Cup, nor was he there to see it.

So there's two possibilities here: The Huffington Post has a dearth of South Africa-related pictures that they could have used for this story, or they were specifically trying to inflame a story to generate more traffic. It's too bad that they stooped so low in this one particular instance, but it's nice to see that this tendency isn't just against Israel and it's supporters.

1 comment:

  1. The problem is the headline is inaccurate and the picture creates the misleading impression the South African police were responsible for shooting the tourist.

    Its going to be interesting to see what HP posters say about this story and whom they blame.