by David Safier
Imagine a headline that reads, "Family no longer in debt." Then you read the story and find out the kids are sick and starving. Do you say, "It's a good thing they stopped buying food and going to the doctors"? I didn't think so.
The big front page headline in today's Star is,
The subhead is, "Final legislative approval comes over objections of Senate Dems." Oh, those crazy Democrats. Who could be against a balanced budget?
The East Valley Trib has the same Howie Fischer story with a more balanced headline.
That headline does a good job of describing the story, unlike the Star's.
Here is the Yuma Sun's version:
In the interest of fairness, I have to say, I haven't written much about the literary stylings of the Star's Creative Headline Writing Team lately, because the heads have been pretty unobjectionable. But when I see a head/subhead like this one screaming from the front page, I'm not about to let that go.