Headline misleading

Published 11:51 pm Saturday, December 25, 2010

Recently the Associated Press released an article under the heading: “Warren County school employee accused of robbing bank”

At what point do we consider the press to be misleading?

I found the article and read it. It was not a Warren County School employee, it was a Porters Chapel Academy employee. In no way associated with the Warren County School District. In my eyes this is a headline designed to garner wide interest by misleading its readers. In short it bypasses every ethical use of mass media one can possibly think of. It’s designed more for sensationalism than news. How often can the media do this and actually call themselves a “reliable” news source?

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Yvette Mangum

Editor’s note: The headline appeared in The Clarion-Ledger’s online edition on Dec. 15, not in The Vicksburg Post.