Thursday, September 23, 2010

Is CNN the New Pornographer?

Is CNN trying to insinuate sex into its stories, where no belongs, or are the headline writers merely subconsciously in love with innuendo? Two headlines in the last two days about stories that have nothing to do with sex have been presented with salacious headlines.

Item one:  Alumni Want Lohan to Take Shirt Off is the CNN story about how  East Texas State University doesn't want Lindsay Lohan to wear their school's t-shirt.

Item two: Jurors Watch Anna Nicole Smith's Bath as Trial Nears End is how CNN presents a story about the former Playboy model giving her infant daughter a bath.

Neither story had anything to do with sex, though you'd be forgiven if you thought that both did. There's certainly enough news about sex for CNN not to have to get creative with headlines. And when CNN writes headlines that are disconnected from the reality of the story, it confuses. Much like what actually happened to the band the New Pornographers, when Calvin College in Michigan rescinded its invitation to the band to play at the school, saying, "after weeks of discussion and consideration, the irony of the band’s name was impossible to explain to many." But I guess CNN needs a way to stand out from the crowded news ecosystem.

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