Monday, April 16, 2012

The perfect googoo headline

I get a couple of lefty newsfeeds. They often have stuff on certain financial happenings that are less likely to show up in the big press. I read them wearing the same skeptical spectacles I wear for everything I read, right or left [or, in an old adage of the trade, 'If your mother says she loves you, check it out']. A headline on one story today tickled me unreasonably:
Transgender, Gender-Nonconforming People Among First, Most Affected by War on Terror's Biometrics Craze
Now that's the occasion for alarm in Austin and sheer panic in San Francisco. There's a joke about a make-believe NY Times headline:
World to end Wednesday, women, minorities to suffer most
NB: That's a joke, but it rings true to the Times' grotesquely slanted reporting.
In the middle of all the Titanic centennial hooha, I recall a joke at the Vicad [or maybe it was a real Advocate headline]:
Titanic sinks; no Victorians hurt
Was amused by the big front-page story in the Vicad this morning, a hard-hitting, scrappy, courageous exposé on a honkytonk's dress code. I mean really, people. It'll probably win an award.


Sugar Magnolia said...

Yeah, OK. I swear I don't want to pile on here, but you know I can't resist.

Bleary-eyed little ol' me this morning is greeted with a headline on the VicAd website as follows: "Annual Hurricane Conference Offering Diversity'>

Uh....huh? Maybe not enough java yet, am I reading that right? OK, so I gather from the article that the conference is actually going to attempt to be a little more....uh, what's that word you're looking for, VicAd? Um.....COMPREHENSIVE, that's it. I'm getting tired of doing their job for them. Yeesh. Between the piss-poor headlines and the atrociously written stories beneath, I think Pilot's fears of seeing the VicAd fold some day soon when the "server" error comes up are not completely unfounded. What a ridiculous headline. Wow. I remember the good ol' days when editors used to, you know, EDIT!!!

But maybe I misunderstood. They are offering a continental breakfast, which in Victoria consists of canteloupe, pineapple, toast, and huevos rancheros (there's your continental part) AND barbecue for lunch. Oh, I see. There's the diversity....


not securely anchored said...

Had the same response, Sugar; thought maybe Jesse Jackson was speaking on hurricanes.