Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You Can't Just Change Your Headlines!

Tricky, Detroit Free Press. Very tricky.

Yesterday I was browsing the Interwebs and came across a headline on the aforementioned Freep: "Slain Sex Offender Jailed for Molesting His Grandson."

I squealed with delight! Not at the prospects of someone molesting their grandson because that is wrong and inexcusable BUT at the illogical story implied in the headline.

Someone put a dead guy in jail? Was he dead when he was molesting? During the trial? Did they call the corpse to the witness stand?

Yeah okay; morbid and not exactly the most hilarious thing ever, but I figured I could milk it for a blog post at the very least.

I saved the URL figuring I would circle back around today for a little fun at the expense of the Free Press' headline writers.

So imagine my shock, indignation and disappointment when I clicked on the link to find that the headline had changed to infinitely more plausible "Slain Man Had Molested Grandson"!

Nooo!

How am I supposed to poke fun at these people if they can just correct their mistakes?

For those of you wondering if I made it all up, if that headline had never actually existed, you can see the remnants in the URL itself: http://freep.com/article/20090824/NEWS03/90824068/1318/Slain-sex-offender-jailed-for-molesting-grandson.

Proof, Free Press. Proof.

Also, condolences to the family.

Ahem.

PROOF!!

6 comments:

Chris Othic said...

You might want to proofread the first headline you are squealing about, which does not mention a "Slain" sex offender at all, and makes the rest of your post irrelevant.

Worst blog post ever.

Nat Topping said...

What are you talking about? It very clearly says "http://freep.com/article/20090824/NEWS03/90824068/1318/Slain-sex-offender-jailed-for-molesting-grandson"

Also, get your own blog.

And no, Robo-blog doesn't count.

Chris Othic said...

I must be missing something.

"Yesterday I was browsing the Interwebs and came across a headline on the aforementioned Freep: 'Sex Offender Jailed for Molesting His Grandson.'"

Where is the mention of the dead guy?

"So imagine my shock, indignation and disappointment when I clicked on the link to find that the headline had changed to infinitely more plausible 'Slain Man Had Molested Grandson'!"

Shouldn't the two headlines be swapped?

This is the internet, Nat, we take our porfraedngi seriously.

Nat Topping said...

I understand the typo now. The original headline was "Slain Sex Offender Jailed for Molesting His Grandson." I have fixed the post, and apologize for causing you much confusion.

Chris said...

Worst blog ever.

Boobs.

Nat Topping said...

(Get your own blog.)