What is wrong with this headline?? Sheeeesh!! Turkey Arrests Suicide Bombing Suspects
By LOUIS MEIXLER, Associated Press Writer
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkish investigators arrested suspects Friday in the deadly suicide bombings of the British consulate and a London-based bank that were blamed on al-Qaida. The United States and other countries, meanwhile, warned that terrorists could target Turkey with more attacks.
I work at my college paper, the Indiana Daily Student. I do the page layout, which is the last step before the paper gets sent to the press. The page layout also determines the amount of space available for a particular headline.
Us page designers know what stories are on our page before we actually have access to the stories (they’re usually going through copy desk or something at that time), so sometimes we arrange our pages and make up some funny headlines related to the story.
What usually happens is that the page will be laid out with this dummy text for the headlines, and then the editors come back and write the real headlines on the computers. Often times there are quite a few amusing suggestions before the final form. They usually don’t slip through.
The funniest one that did last year was “Plam trees arrive in Indiana”
Yes, but any person with an IQ in the double digits knows that Turkey is also the name of a country. The headline would be no different referring to any other country; it could have said “France Arrests Deoderant Smugglers,” for example.
Further, the headline does not say that suicide bombers were arrested, but “Suicide bombing suspects,” a phrase which clearly refers to co-conspirators in a suicide bombing.
I think the headline is perfectly adequate. Not quite Leno material.
What’s the point of teaching journalism any more? Journalism as a profession depends on a free press, and that’s fast going the way of the full-service gas station. All we’re gonna have in a few years are op-ed writers of various stripe. Faux News is the way of the future.
Oh, I thought the OP was refering to bad spelling or grammar.
‘Turkey’ is a country, and ‘suspects’ means people involved in the bombing, i.e. the people who planned it, not the people who carried it out. Therefore I failed to see any fault with the headline other than the childish they said a turkey arrested people!, huh huh! huh. yeah, huh huh!
I’ll second that, Garfield226, from my experience working on a college paper. We, however, did not plan nearly as well as you do, and we editors generally spent all night on production night getting the paper out. Ah, memories of Mini Thins (you could still get 'em OTC then) and Easy Cheese on crackers …
Sometimes, if a headline was appropriate but had an amusing possible interpretation, we let it pass. Never on my page, of course.