This is a real headline from yesterday’s Guardian Online:
I love this headline so much. I was about halfway through writing a mildly funny thing of Romney accusing the media of maligning him in the fashion of an article just maligning him to pieces (“‘You keep misrepresenting me!’ Romney whined, scraping a bit of something – possibly dried vomit or, who knows, heroin – from his tie…”), when I had to stop. The headline says it all, doesn’t it? You can see – you can just see – the journalist smiling at you from behind that headline.
All media is biased, of course it is – it’s constructed by humans who choose what to say and how to say it. Often, we attempt to remain neutral… often we fail. (or worse, reduce everything to having 2 sides. How many complex problems do you know of that have only 2 sides?) And so sometimes it’s kind of nice to have the media just throw it out there. Who knows, maybe they’re feeling extra kicky after the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and the release of the new Bond film trailer. Whatever the reason, this headline just makes me laugh and laugh and laugh.
And I can’t top it. So… I’ll just get out of the way.