Fake Headlines from ‘a source’ for Clicks

30-10-2017

This is a classic strategy that tabloids and reporters use when there is a hot topic and they want to be the first to break a story or just to cash in on it

A good example is pretty much ANYTHING to do with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan & Harry

So these two are currently hot property and the tabloids are working themselves up into an absolute frenzy about the potential of them getting married so literally any chance they get they run a headline with either name in it and a tenuous link to an engagement.  Stories include (but are not limited to)

  • Harry having an engagement ring made from Diana’s bracelet for an imminent proposal (3 months ago and there was no proof)
  • Meghan trying on a wedding dress (they used footage from ‘Suits’ the TV show she’s on)
  • Meghan dressing like Kate (they trawled a million photos and found some vaguely similar)
  • They go on holiday (that was literally it, and they then said is he going to propose there)
  • Some Z list is rumoured to have been asked as maid of honour (absolute BULL)
  • She changed her car so handed the other one back (so she must be moving to the UK)
  • Their first official ‘engagement’ (just to put those words together in a sentence, and it wasn’t)
  • The name of her shirt being a give a hint at them getting married (yes really)
  • Harry met Meghan’s mum (who was at the Invictus games closing ceremony he was at)
  • The Prince and Meghan are 'as good as engaged' (an actual headline honestly)
  • How Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's mums are similar (they really aren’t)
  • Meghan 'quitting' Suits to live with Harry in London ahead of wedding (she’s still working)
  • Meghan's wheely big clue on a possible Royal wedding (she was seen in a car in London)
  • Royal family ‘FEUD’ over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (absolute rubbish and made up)

The list goes on and on and the media love it as EVERY time they mention the two of them and the word ‘Engagement’ or Marriage they get a surge of readers and advertising space paid for. As and when these two do get married (hey it’s on the cards!) I can’t even imagine what the headlines will be about the wedding, married life, royal duties, kids, jealousy, infighting, relatives and goodness knows what else but you know that this is going to run and run!

This is just one example of Fake Headlines but they often make up stories and use the phrase ‘a source’, ‘a close friend’ or ‘people close to them’ to justify printing what is basically a load of lies (or made up by the reporter).

Next time you read any of those phrases in an article take a step back and think is this just made up for ‘clicks’ or has ‘a source’ really just sold out ‘a close friend’.

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