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A headline that should shame everyone involved and which disgusts me...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by imjustagirl2, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    From the Log Cabin Democrat in Conway, Ark., I present first of all a story of a man named Michael Jackson who was arrested for internet stalking of a child. The completely tasteless headline?


    Now, I know people from this area. There was a high-profile case in this city where a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped by a 47-year-old internet predator pretending to be a 17-year-old. He took her, broke her glasses, left her shoes, drove her to a storage unit, raped her, shot her dead, then took his own life when the cops showed up.

    Am I the only one disgusted by this headline? After the obligatory "Roasted Nuts" headline post, please let me know if I'm wrong here.
  2. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Re: A headline that should shame everyone involved...

    At first glance, I laughed. I couldn't help it. But once I actually read the story, it became abundantly clear that this isn't something you want people laughing about.

    You aren't wrong here. You don't get cute with stories about creepy men stalking children.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    The Log Cabin Democrat is a piece-of-shit rag. I've read it quite a few times.
  4. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    This paper has problems -- a lot of problems; and this headline isn't close to the worst, but it's pretty damn bad.
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I'm not being a smartass here..honest. But I don't get the headline.

    Other than the guy's name is Michael jackson.

    Please explain to a senior SportsJournalists.comer.
  6. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    One of Michael Jackson's hits was Smooth Criminal. So not only is the hed in poor taste, it includes a 20-year-old pop-culture reference.
  7. NX

    NX Member

    From someone who is close to a person sexually abused as a minor for several years, that headline is completely tasteless. Headlines and stories that deal with this need to be played straight. There is no room for being cute.
  8. I would be firing several people for this one.
  9. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    I hope whoever thought this was clever tore a ligament patting him(or her)self on the back.
  10. TyWebb

    TyWebb Well-Known Member

    Job opening! [sniff sniff sniff] Is that a job opening I smell! [sniff sniff sniff]
  11. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Do. Not. Work. There.
  12. JR

    JR Well-Known Member


    Was never a Jackson fan but that is worse than horrible.

    Are the editors brain-dead at that rag?

    The senior, culturally illiterate SportsJournalists.comer is signing off. :)
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