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Worst lede ever, right? No really, it is the worst lede ever.

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Double Down, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    This is not a mocking of some poor high school preps reporter figuring out journalism.

    This appeared in the Toronto Star. It was written by a columnist.

    It's about a sexual assault case.


    In case they take it down, BuzzFeed has a screen grab.


    Um, what the fuck? What editor looked at this and thought: Rosie nailed it! Killer first sentence!
  2. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Hmm. Worse than "sometimes breasts get cancer"?

    Pretty close, if not. Strong contender.
  3. Lieslntx

    Lieslntx Active Member

    Personally, yes, worse than the one you mentioned. Bad lede, yes, but true. Sometimes breasts do get cancer. The other one?

  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    I didn't even laugh. First, I was confused about the topic of the story. So it was disorienting and misleading on top of being wildly inappropriate and not funny.

    Aside: "Sometimes breasts get cancer" wasn't the first sentence of that story.
  5. Lieslntx

    Lieslntx Active Member

    It's possible that I was more shocked by it simply because DD did tell me what the story was about prior to reading the actual lede.
  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I was just using it as a summary for the whole lede.

    But yeah, this really is worse. New champion.
  7. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Holy smoke.
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Let's see, a nasty joke of a lede in a horrifying story about sexual assault.

    If people don't get fired for that, they at least should be suspended for a week or two. And that really is about the worst lede I've ever seen.
  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I'm sure someone will argue they are getting web hits.
  10. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Hall of Fame awful.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    It's Canada, so it doesn't count.
  12. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    And then there's this one.

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