What’s Wrong With This Headline? (or, President Clickbait)

 

The headline on this recent article at Maclean’s is “How Donald Trump Changed Scrabble.” Click here, read or skim the brief article, and then come back.

Done? Now, let’s talk. Spoilers below…

We play a lot of Scrabble in my family, so the headline got my attention. We know that President Trump is to blame for everything bad that happens, but how could he possibly damage the game of Scrabble? (Are players trying to use the word “Yuge”?) I had to find out.

Well, you could read the article to find out how President Trump has destroyed more norms, but if you did, you’d discover that President Trump is not mentioned anywhere in the entire article.

The article itself is a short and kind of pointless piece about people wanting to use pop-culture terms in Scrabble, eliciting a “so what?” response from me. But not only did the article fail to explain how Donald Trump “changed” Scrabble, the article doesn’t mention Donald Trump anywhere. 

The press hates President Trump. But he sure makes for useful clickbait, doesn’t he? As were all well aware by now, this is how Donald Trump got himself elected. He leveraged the media’s hatred of him into free publicity. He’s “President Clickbait.”


(I realize by linking to the article above, I am guilty of giving Maclean’s more clicks, which is just what they want. But for the sake of making an example of them, I’ll do it!)

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There are 26 comments.

  1. Member

    DrewInWisconsin: He’s “President Clickbait.”

    Could be a trend for the future.

    • #1
    • May 14, 2019, at 7:30 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  2. Moderator

    Egad but that’s daft. I lost a few IQ points with that.

    But it does have me wondering, can you possibly work in Mueller on a triple word score?

    • #2
    • May 14, 2019, at 7:32 AM PDT
    • 9 likes
  3. Member

    SkipSul (View Comment):
    I lost a few IQ points with that.

    There’s a song in the PIT that could lose you far more, and you posted it.

    • #3
    • May 14, 2019, at 7:32 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  4. Member

    DrewInWisconsin: the article doesn’t mention Donald Trump anywhere. 

    I was expecting to see “covfefe.”

    • #4
    • May 14, 2019, at 7:42 AM PDT
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  5. Member

    I think it has to do with the link in the article Donald Trump’s ‘unpresidented’ way of spelling.

    • #5
    • May 14, 2019, at 7:53 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  6. Member

    We’re a scrabble family too. :-)

    If I were to write a story that connected Donald Trump and Scrabble, I would say, “Gosh, in the new Trump prosperous economy, people have more time for Scrabble with their family than they had four years ago. And they can concentrate on the game better because he’s doing his job so well that they don’t have to worry about Washington.” :-)

    No one wants to do it, but the key is setting up the rules for what’s allowed at the beginning of the game. :-) [I wish the editors of the nation’s crossword puzzles would be that careful. :-) ]

    • #6
    • May 14, 2019, at 7:57 AM PDT
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  7. Member
    DrewInWisconsin Post author

    Hang On (View Comment):

    I think it has to do with the link in the article Donald Trump’s ‘unpresidented’ way of spelling.

    Nah, that’s just a common way websites cross-link to other articles. If the headline says “How Donald Trump Changed Scrabble,” the article had better tell me how Donald Trump changed Scrabble.

    It failed.

    (But it got me to click, so it succeeded.)

    Recently Hillary Clinton commented that she lives rent-free in President Trump’s head. I think that’s just projection. She can’t stop talking about him. And she’s not alone. Donald Trump has rent-free living in so many heads. Certainly all the heads of our horrible media class.

    • #7
    • May 14, 2019, at 8:01 AM PDT
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  8. Member

    The Left has utterly (udderly?) no sense of irony. If anyone has screwed with the language, it’s people who regularly employ terms like, “social justice,” “cultural appropriation,” “intersectionality,” and “white privilege.” 

    • #8
    • May 14, 2019, at 8:02 AM PDT
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  9. Thatcher

    DrewInWisconsin: But not only did the article fail to explain how Donald Trump “changed” Scrabble, the article doesn’t mention Donald Trump anywhere. 

    Drew,

    I’ve been trying to explain this kind of phenomena to you for months but you just don’t listen. This is the General Theory of Trump. The General Theory of Trump goes as follows:

    Any event occurring anywhere in the space-time continuum that you don’t like or find surprising or just happen to notice, can and should be attributed to Trump. Further, any problem, deficit, or just minor irritation can be eliminated by the elimination of Trump by an electoral defeat, an impeachment, or an assassination.

    Originally, the General Theory of Trump was attributed to the great Stoic philosopher Paranoid Maximus. However, a deeper researching of this question has revealed that the General Theory of Trump originated with Rachel Madow shortly after Trump’s election victory in 2016 while she was experiencing a bad acid trip.

    I hope this sets you straight once and for all Drew.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Late Breaking Edit: It is now hypothesized that Paranoid Maximus was not a Stoic. Rather he was an Epicurean with a serious stomach virus. Nothing definitive but we’ll keep you posted.

    • #9
    • May 14, 2019, at 8:05 AM PDT
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  10. Member

    DrewInWisconsin (View Comment):

    Hang On (View Comment):

    I think it has to do with the link in the article Donald Trump’s ‘unpresidented’ way of spelling.

    Nah, that’s just a common way websites cross-link to other articles. If the headline says “How Donald Trump Changed Scrabble,” the article had better tell me how Donald Trump changed Scrabble.

    It failed.

    (But it got me to click, so it succeeded.)

    Recently Hillary Clinton commented that she lives rent-free in President Trump’s head. I think that’s just projection. She can’t stop talking about him. And she’s not alone. Donald Trump has rent-free living in so many heads. Certainly all the heads of our horrible media class.

    I think the implication – and I admit I could be reading too much into this – is that you can spell words even playing Scrabble however you want to ’cause Trump does. What you state is absolutely correct – the author never goes there explicitly in the article. 

     

    • #10
    • May 14, 2019, at 8:34 AM PDT
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  11. Moderator

    Ironically, by giving Trump credit / blame for everything bad that happens, the democrats have declared that he has godlike power.

    • #11
    • May 14, 2019, at 10:32 AM PDT
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  12. Moderator

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Ironically, by giving Trump credit / blame for everything bad that happens, the democrats have declared that he has godlike power.

    They’ve created an idol in their own image.

    • #12
    • May 14, 2019, at 10:37 AM PDT
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  13. Member
    DrewInWisconsin Post author

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Ironically, by giving Trump credit / blame for everything bad that happens, the democrats have declared that he has godlike power.

    They have chosen the form of their destructor . . .

    Related image

    • #13
    • May 14, 2019, at 11:00 AM PDT
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  14. Moderator

    I think the real problem is that certain Scrabble players are just annoyed at the overuse of some words of late:

    • redacted
    • conspiracy
    • Russia
    • Comey
    • Mueller
    • Pelosi
    • Fox
    • trigger
    • warning
    • woke

    etc

    • #14
    • May 14, 2019, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  15. Coolidge
    TBA

    It’s Trump’s world, we just live in it. 

    • #15
    • May 14, 2019, at 11:26 AM PDT
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  16. Thatcher

    DrewInWisconsin: The press hates President Trump. But he sure makes for useful clickbait, doesn’t he?

    It’s like the pretty girl on the picture of the scented pine tree you buy to hang from your rear view mirror – it sells the product. All the MSM has to do is print a variation of the “Trump Sucks” headline, and they sell papers or get clicks.

    For the record, I do not have a scented pine tree hanging from my rear view mirror, although I did ogle at the girl’s picture . . .

    • #16
    • May 14, 2019, at 12:55 PM PDT
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  17. Contributor

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    • Russia
    • Comey
    • Mueller
    • Pelosi

    I’m calling proper noun on that!

    • #17
    • May 14, 2019, at 1:03 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  18. Contributor

    I’m thinking I’d be willing to accept anything in the Urban Dictionary as a legal slang term, except for the fact that that would require looking things up in Urban Dictionary. Similarly, I’d be willing to accept proper names, so long as you could point me to the Bible verse. Really though I expect I’d see less of Eliphaz the Temanite and more of Ur.

    • #18
    • May 14, 2019, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  19. Member

    Trump as clickbait? I’m old-fashioned so I don’t see why they can’t just stick with the picture of a good looking woman and the heading “What Happens Next Will Shock You!”

    • #19
    • May 14, 2019, at 1:14 PM PDT
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  20. Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):
    … Paranoid Maximus was not a Stoic. Rather he was an Epicurean with a serious stomach virus.

    Well played. Unfortunately Scrabble doesn’t give points for triple-meaning comments, else you’d have won this round.

    • #20
    • May 14, 2019, at 1:46 PM PDT
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  21. Member

    Oh… I was hoping it would be convefe or bigly…. 

    • #21
    • May 14, 2019, at 1:55 PM PDT
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  22. Moderator

    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Oh… I was hoping it would be convefe or bigly….

    I’ll have a yuge bigly covfefe to go

    • #22
    • May 14, 2019, at 2:21 PM PDT
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  23. Member

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Oh… I was hoping it would be convefe or bigly….

    I’ll have a yuge bigly covfefe to go

    I guess the problem is those aren’t very high scoring words, if I recall Scrabel letter scores correctly. He needs to invent some q, x, and z words. 

    • #23
    • May 14, 2019, at 2:23 PM PDT
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  24. Member
    DrewInWisconsin Post author

    Valiuth (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Oh… I was hoping it would be convefe or bigly….

    I’ll have a yuge bigly covfefe to go

    I guess the problem is those aren’t very high scoring words, if I recall Scrabel letter scores correctly. He needs to invent some q, x, and z words.

    Ys, Vs, and Fs are nothing to sneeze at.

    • #24
    • May 14, 2019, at 2:54 PM PDT
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  25. Coolidge
    TBA

    Stad (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin: The press hates President Trump. But he sure makes for useful clickbait, doesn’t he?

    It’s like the pretty girl on the picture of the scented pine tree you buy to hang from your rear view mirror – it sells the product. All the MSM has to do is print a variation of the “Trump Sucks” headline, and they sell papers or get clicks.

    For the record, I do not have a scented pine tree hanging from my rear view mirror, although I did ogle at the girl’s picture . . .

    Store owner: “Hey, you! You no ogling! You ogle, you pay!” 

    • #25
    • May 14, 2019, at 5:50 PM PDT
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  26. Thatcher

    TBA (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin: The press hates President Trump. But he sure makes for useful clickbait, doesn’t he?

    It’s like the pretty girl on the picture of the scented pine tree you buy to hang from your rear view mirror – it sells the product. All the MSM has to do is print a variation of the “Trump Sucks” headline, and they sell papers or get clicks.

    For the record, I do not have a scented pine tree hanging from my rear view mirror, although I did ogle at the girl’s picture . . .

    Store owner: “Hey, you! You no ogling! You ogle, you pay!”

    Actually, the store owner did say that. I removed a one dollar bill from my wallet and said, “Ogle it.”

    • #26
    • May 15, 2019, at 5:43 AM PDT
    • 4 likes