So many internet stories begin with a headline like--They were shocked at what they saw when they pulled the cat out of a spare tire!
Stuff like this is constantly being linked on Facebook and other sites but it tends to grate on me when actual news organizations, newspapers and television news websites do the same. Sure. These headlines are meant to be seductive enough to draw you in and make you click the link. Some places live and die by the number of clicks they get. But seriously, could real news just stop with this overly dramatic headline links?
KMOV has one on Facebook this morning with the clickable headline: "Town shocked by pink water" . It was accompanied by a photo of a bathroom sink filled with dark pink water which also appeared kind of lumpy. When local people see local channels with this sort of headline the first reaction is believe it's a local story. But it's not. This is from somewhere in Canada and who knows how silly the reason for the pink water will be and you've wasted your time.
Just skip all the "And you'll never believe what happened next!" and other make believe stories. And real news outlets, please stop this.