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Bug #39875 open:under discussion

"Child" Missing

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This bug appeared in a news report published by New York Times on Nov 16, 2014 by Isabel Kershner. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Headline Problem

When people opened their New York Times this November 11, they might have read an article under a headline that said,“Palestinian Shot by Israeli Troops at Gaza Border.” Then again maybe they didn’t, and for all the wrong reasons.  Writing in the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) blog (“A 'Child' Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline”), Jim Naureckas notes “that most people who only read that headline assumed that the Palestinian referenced was an adult–and likely had a different reaction to the story as a result.” Naureckas suggests that if the headline reflected that Israeli troops had in fact shot a 10 year old boy, more people would have been shocked into taking notice. He asks if editors intentionally left out that small detail “because they didn't want readers to get too upset about Israel doing the shooting?” It’s a fair question and one which the FAIR news critic goes on to provide a reasonable basis for in his blog post. While the damage is done, maybe the Times’ editors can at least put that troublesome question to bed by finding room for a “child” in a corrected headline that might turn our heads instead of making us look the other way.

 

Response

JT Cassidy has contacted New York Times

Bug History

Nov 19, 2014 6:53 pm Open JT Cassidy
Nov 24, 2014 3:51 am Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy

Discussion Leave a comment

 

I did get a reply from the Times' public editor's office saying, "Thank you for taking the time to write. You raise an interesting point, and I have forwarded your comments to The Times's International desk for their consideration. The public editor is considering this headline closely."

Nov 24, 2014 3:51 am