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Tabloid Headlines: They Say It All

by | 14th, November 2007

madeleine.jpg YOU can tell a lot about a paper by looking at its headlines.

For example, today’s Daily Madeleine (aka Daily Diana/Daily Express) predictably leads with: “POLICE: WE HAVE 100 QUESTIONS FOR THE McCANNS”. And the overwhelming impression is that the word “police” could just as easily be left off without changing its tone one iota.

On the other hand, a headline can sometimes subliminally suggest a subject quite unconnected to the topic at hand. Take today’s Daily Mail (please!) which leads with: “THREAT TO 5M FESTIVE BIRDS.”

Given the paper’s zeal in detecting examples of political correctness gone mad, one half expects to read that the birds have been banned from tweeting carols or using the word “Christmas”. In this context, the news of the bird flu outbreak comes as a double shock.

Then there’s the Independent, which doesn’t waste time insinuating its opinions into stories. Instead, the compact “viewspaper” simply slaps them on the front cover in big letters. Today’s campaign is big and bold, and presumably aims to stir the loyal reader into a state of moral indignation. It’s the Indie’s equivalent of KILL ALL PERVS, only greener. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to “BAN THE BAG!”

Er… Hang on a minute, that can’t be right….

Yes, just checked it again. “BAN

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