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,
"Man arrested after President Lincoln stops watching play at Ford's Theatre" https://t.co/HWoGPBWUfM
Can you imagine what kind of sanitized headlines we would have seen throughout history of this Reuters team had their way?
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