misleading headlines

If you're seeking sloppy reporting and sensationalist headlines, recently CNN did not disappoint. "Odds of dying from accidental opioid overdose in the US surpass those of dying in car accident," it stated. Well, maybe so, that is -- unless you take a deeper look and then a very different story emerges. No need. We at ACSH do it for you. Free of charge!
Headlines are meant to catch the attention of the audience. But we wonder, who decided that bad news is more attention grabbing than good news? Even when new information represents positive changes in the world, we ve noticed that headlines focus on the negative parts of the study.