Reader’s gripe: Philly Inquirer headline too HuffPo-like

Letter to Romenesko

From RICHARD WELLS: And thus the Huffington Post cancer spreads to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The headline specifically, which is so common on HuffPo (“So-and-so said WHAT?”), is designed to get the viewer to click on to the story. I find this trend very annoying and frequently misleading, since the story behind the headline is so often of little or no consequence. A more appropriate headline, in my view, would have been something along the lines of “Exploding Toilet Tank Leads to Lawsuit.” It’s all part of the dumbing down of journalism, in my opinion.

(Richard: Try the Inquirer’s online version: “Toilet system recalled due to explosion danger”)