The headline says a second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating while the actual quote says there is a possibility things will be even more difficult.
No, I’m not being picky here. There’s a difference between a possibility of something happening and it being likely. And how about difficult versus devastating? Those words have different meanings as well.
HEY. JACKASSES. WORDS HAVE MEANING. AND THE WRONG WORDS USED INTENTIONALLY TO MANIPULATE REACTIONS CONSTITUTES A LIE. (I scream into my coffee.)
Headlines need to summarize content. That’s true! And papers want to hook their readers. I get it. But misleading isn’t summarizing. It’s shading the truth in an attempt to get more clicks. I enjoy fiction. But leave it out of my newspaper, please oh please. Tell the (expletive) truth or get the (expletive) out of my life.
Sadly, it seems this type of fear-stoking and truth-shading is happening continuously in the media, even for critical topics like the pandemic. And even in mainstream papers. So keep your eyes sharp, friends.
Grumble-grumble… If you can’t tell the truth in a headline, why the (expletive) would I trust your article?
PS: I redacted 75% of my swears. LOL. And I’ll simmer down once I’ve finished my coffee.