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Headlines that Don’t Tell the Story

Headlines are supposed to tell the story. Consider these from this morning:

Truck explosion kills 18, wounds 75 in Iraq

Huge Explosion Rocks Baghdad, Kills 15 [18], Wounds 75

Lethal Truck Explosion Hits Shiite District of Baghdad

You’d never know from reading these headlines, or the headlines in most of the big papers, that the most lethal explosion in Iraq in months was … an accident.
The AP lead makes it sound like a terrorist attack:

BAGHDAD (AP) — A truck packed with rockets blew up Wednesday in a Shiite area of Baghdad, killing 18 people in the deadliest single blast in the city in more than three months.

Lame, lame, lame.


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