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Online News Org Backed Into Corner By WaPo For Sharing Baseless Headlines

The political news cycle moves so quickly that it can be pretty tough to keep up. The big stories of the morning will often quickly get brushed aside by lunchtime, and the cycle repeats itself throughout the remainder of a typical day. Despite that, some stories still manage to stick out due to outlandish claims or eye-popping headlines, but those stories will often not pass the muster upon closer inspection.

As the Washington Post shares, the Independent Journal Review recently posted one of those pieces with a cryptic-sounding headline.

“Ex-President Obama Made ‘Surprise Visit’ to Hawaii, Just Days Before Judge Issued Travel Ban Ruling,” the headline read.

Unfortunately for IJR, there’s simply not much meat on the bone with this one. In short, the author of the piece is attempting to paint a scenario in which former President Obama’s recent trip to Hawaii was somehow a nefarious plot to set the wheels in motion for the state’s court system to take umbrage with the Trump administration's second stab at a travel ban. Upon closer inspection, the facts presented can most gently be described as a reach.

After a ton of backlash, IJR thought better of the story and posted a retraction of sorts.

“Editor’s Note: This story has removed unnecessary speculation about the timing of the visit. We apologize for any undue conclusions that might have been drawn from the report,” a note on the site read.

As for the Washington Post calling out another publication for misleading or inflammatory headlines, while that’s one of the more amusing things we may come across today. Let’s take a look at a few of the ‘Most Read’ stories that are featured prominently on the WaPo site.

“Why is the Trump presidency such a rolling disaster?” reads one.

“Trump budgets for a deeper, dirtier America,” reads another.

That’s a small sample of the many, many, many unbelievable titles that the publication ran with during the Trump era. On an average morning, a reader that wasn’t particularly well-versed in the world of politics would think that we have been invaded and taken over by a foreign entity if the only news they got was from the Washington Post.

There’s even a nifty new tagline on the site that reads “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” That’s not even the slightest bit incendiary, right? No word on what the second choice for a tagline was, but perhaps “The Truth Gets Buried Here” would have been a more appropriate choice.

Source: Washington Post
Photo: Mail Online

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