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Insensitive headline?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Peytons place, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Peytons place

    Peytons place Member

    "Golden Eagles win shootout over Cougars"

    The headline on the Sun Herald's website for the USM-Houston story.

    The first graph of the story: Southern Miss had gone through an emotional roller-coaster of a week, worrying about the recovery of teammates Martez Smith, Deddrick Jones and Tim Green from their gunshot wounds from a week ago.

    Poor taste?
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Roasted Nuts
  3. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Headline writer being glib?
  4. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    Poor taste. That's not funny.
  5. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    What she said.
  6. Peytons place

    Peytons place Member

    I'm curious if that was the headline in the paper or just online. Also, if it was written by a copy editor or an online editor. It seems like a naive thing to do.
  7. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    Probably some clueless person who saw a high-scoring game and said, "Oh, looks like a shootout."
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Is there even a question that it's an insensitive headline?
  9. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    It's bad, but "shootout" being a pervasive term in our biz, I at least have a minor question about whether the headline writer even made the connection.
  10. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    I sincerely doubt the editor was going for a pun. A choice of words that would be accurate and cliched 999 times out of 1,000, and accurance, cliched and unfortunately timed the 1,000th.
  11. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    USM sticks it to Cougars - better taste this week.
    At least nobody could do "Trojans bust Beavers" this year.
  12. Ah, the headline fun that can be found in the Dakota Athletic Conference, where three of the eight schools are the Beavers, the Trojans and the Jimmies.
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