Headlines are the first thing we read about a story, so they can have a lasting impression. They become the lens through which we perceive the rest of it, and that can significantly affect our ability to perceive information objectively. This week, headlines featured language suggesting problems are bigger than they actually are. Through exaggeration, media outlets promoted fear instead of critical thinking about subjects including Trump, law enforcement, North Korea and the economy.
An article’s headline can direct how the news is understood. Compare and contrast how different outlets present the story through their headlines.