Scaremongering Headlines

30-10-2017

If it scares you or makes you angry, it’ll make you read it!

This is something that the tabloids love to lead with a lot and will often put on the front page to draw attention to the paper or website.  More often than not they are also either half-truths or misquoting the source material.

This happens all the time, and the more it can dig into something people feel strongly about and the more ‘outraged’ they can make us the better.  For example...

Scaremongering

Brit cops admit they need paedophile vigilantes who helped snare HALF of all pervs https://goo.gl/cQz7S2

The next line read “Chief Constable refuses to condone groups, but says police could work more closely with them in the future”. And the full story was that around 44% of child sexual grooming cases used evidence submitted by the public.

This headline managed to tag on to a recent huge story about a paedophile ring that had been broken up and convicted using a known paedophile as an informant, which was divisive .  The public were already enraged and disgusted by it so the tabloids ran the headline to scare / enrage and generally manipulate the readers further and keep the story alive.

Next time you read a headline that makes you angry, and gives you cause for concern take a second to read the next line or two to get closer to the truth before you close the web page or bin the paper for making up #Fakenews

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