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What Lies (are) Ahead for Obama?

By Brian | July 18, 2008 | Share on Facebook

Here’s an article from the front page of today’s New York Times (New York City edition):

Sorry it’s so small.  The Times’ website used to publish full PDF’s of their front page, now it’s a smaller image that makes the headlines barely visible and the text unreadable.  Anyway, if you’re having trouble, the headline is Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy, and the tagline underneath it reads, Testing Lies Ahead as the Candidate Plans an Overseas Trip.

It occurs to me that in the New York Times, the tagline means this:

Public Opinion to be Formed in Near Future as the Candidate Plans an Overseas Trip

But if it appeared on FOX News, most people would read it like this:

Trying out False Statements in Advance as the Candidate Plans an Overseas Trip

Maybe a clearer headline next time, okay New York Times?!?


Topics: News and/or Media | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “What Lies (are) Ahead for Obama?”

  1. Jeff Porten says at July 18th, 2008 at 2:38 pm :
    Actually, I read that as “the cast of the *movie* 300″, which raised all sorts of interesting questions about Obama’s involvement with Persian leather boys. Paging the New Yorker!

  2. Brian says at July 18th, 2008 at 4:51 pm :
    Hah! I didn’t mis-parse the first line at all, because I was chuckling over my misreading of the second line.

    What a god-awful headline! I’m almost glad I didn’t read the article…


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