Are News Reports Asking More Questions Than They Answer? A Report. (That Isn’t).

I tend to qualify one of the early warning signs that the journalistic integrity of a news outlet has begun to weaken as the moment it/they start positing headlines in the form of a question.

Sure, a tantalizingly worded question (aka “click bait”) may more likely inspire a click-through, if that’s what you’re after.  But, in the first instance, if we (the readers) knew the answers to the question we wouldn’t require the services of the sourcing news outlet.  My initial reaction to these sorts of headlines is to think, ‘Well, I don’t know.  But when you know, maybe you can let us know by reporting whatever it is that’s worth reporting because… is that not the essential function of the arrangement?’

Published in: on January 14, 2014 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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