Man Arrested… The Why is Unclear

 

This has to be one of the most perplexing headlines and framings of a story I’ve ever seen:

If you click the link to read more, you discover the full story:

A 5-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries on Friday after being thrown or pushed by an apparent stranger from a third-floor balcony at Minnesota’s Mall of America, and a man who fled the scene has been charged with attempted homicide, police said.

Why wouldn’t the Reuters editor writing the headline and the social media manager make this point clear? It’s better journalism, not to mention making the headline “Man arrested after allegedly tossing boy from balcony at Minnesota’s Mall of America” would garner far more clicks than this ambiguous one.

On Twitter, a few folks are poking fun at this joke of a PC headline, with one Daily Wire host remarking,

Can you imagine what kind of sanitized headlines we would have seen throughout history of this Reuters team had their way?

Drop some similar vague headlines about major world events in the comments. 

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  1. Thatcher

    Custer fails in bid to relocate native encampment

    Caesar’s address of Senate ends prematurely

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:21 pm
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  2. Coolidge

    Japanese planes fly over Hawaiian sea port.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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  3. Member

    Archduke Ferdinand won’t become the emperor.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:50 pm
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  4. Member

    Local Bavarian Artist leads political protest.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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  5. Member

    Some people did something.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:54 pm
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    Successful actor makes Andrew Johnson President.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Some people did something.

    Oh, we may have a winner here.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 6:56 pm
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  8. Coolidge

    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Some people did something.

    Oh, we may have a winner here.

    Have to agree!

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    • April 14, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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  9. Contributor

    Another of those mysterious “Minnesota men” Power Linetells us about from time to time? Not quite. Emmanuel Aranda apparently moved to Minnesota from Chicago. He reportedly has a history of public violence.

    Meanwhile, People Magazine turned out to be a better news outlet than Reuters! People‘s headline:

    Man Throws Boy, 5, From 3rd Floor Balcony at Mall of America, Critically Injuring Him

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    • April 14, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    Red Sea travel faulted for Egyptian population decline.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm
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    Hindenburg passengers find cabin temperatures to be uncomfortably warm.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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    So if the good people of Minnesota come to their senses, Rep. Ilhan Omar can always get a job at Reuters.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm
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    Blind man exposes structural flaws of Philistine Temple.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Pontius Pilate faces criticism for ineffective crucifixion.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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  15. Coolidge

    A Temple of Modern American Capitalism Falls From Grace

    One of the most memorable times we spent in our westward trek across America (2010) was the evening we spent in the Mall of America. This story and other recent events make the contemplation of any return visit in the future a chilling one. The only previous time I had been there was in 1996.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    Couple evicted from home after wife talks to snake.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Odysseus introduces new etiquette regarding rude houseguests.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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  18. Thatcher

    “A random act of violence”.

    President Obama on murder of five Jews in Jewish grocery store by Islamic terrorist in Paris.

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    • April 14, 2019 at 8:53 pm
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  19. Coolidge

    Wild Bill Hickok folds despite holding aces and eights. 

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    • April 14, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    President Kennedy’s tour of Texas cut short.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    “He’s Not My President!” rally begins with fireworks over Fort Sumter.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    Pol Pot solving the problem of overpopulation.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    Monday Morning Finally Begins With Chuckles

    Okay, it’s not a historical headline, but this thread is proving it to be not-fake news.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Massive structural failure at World Trade Center in Manhattan. 

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    • April 15, 2019 at 4:58 am
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    tigerlily (View Comment):

    Some people did something.

    My thought exactly.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    German troops decide en masse to vacation in Poland.

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    Falls River, Massachusetts woman orphaned.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 5:11 am
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  28. Coolidge

    The guy is a Somali from Omar’s district. As such, he has holy status.

    Headline: At Mall of America, Someone Did Something.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 5:18 am
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  29. Thatcher

    AP August, 1945:

    US provides free x-rays to Hiroshima and Nagasaki residents as peace offering.

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    • April 15, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    Percival (View Comment):
    Caesar’s address of Senate ends prematurely

    The NY Post’s version would be “Caesar’s speech cut short.”

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    • April 15, 2019 at 5:40 am
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