Not a newspaper, but still a great hed

Papa John’s trying to stop Papa John from taking over Papa John’s


Would some commas killed ’em?

IMG_8782 2.jpgI know what they mean, but at first glance, I wondered how the ex-wife got in his jail cell.

For the record, I would have gone with:

Sex offender, charged in death of ex-wife, found hanged in jail


Accused sex offender, murderer found hanged in jail cell



… singin’ this’ll be the day that I die


A friend of mine sent me this gem from the City A.M., one of London’s free daily business newspapers.

Tip of the hat to the copy editor who wrote that hed.

For those of you who are not up on their US Baby Boomer musical history, this is a clever twist of Don McLean’s 1971 song “American Pie.”

Don’s original lyrics:

Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye

Here’s the song:


The worst headline in America

03D7B891-3D5A-4A42-B4F4-1C5A6507FD52I had hoped not to see a headline along this vain, but looks like the copy desk at The Trentonian decided to throw out good taste and run with what has got to be the Worst Headline in America.

For non-history buffs, here’s what Wikipedia has:

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 murder in Chicago of seven men of the North Side gang during the Prohibition Era. It happened on February 14, and resulted from the struggle between the Irish American gang and the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone to take control of organized crime in the city.

So there you have it. School shooting with 17 murdered put on the same par as a gangland slaying.  Keep it classy guys and gals.

When’s the last time you saw ‘shithole’ in a hed?


Wow. What a headline. I will check the printed version tomorrow morning to see if they actually print shithole.

Watching CNN reports on this and the anchors are actually SAYING shithole instead of ‘s-hole.’

01/12/2018 UPDATE

The printed page (Newseum) shows …..


Bumped from hed status to way down in the second graph! So is it a reflection of a second-day story or are they toning it down?

BTW — The White House is not denying the quote.

And another BTW — National Public Radio is reporting the story this morning, but their announcers are saying that they can’t say the “vulgar term” on the air because of FCC regulations and that if they do they’ll be fined.

Well, that didn’t seem to stop CNN or some of the other major broadcast networks last night.

To NPR, I say pay the shitheads their fine. Just roll it into your next pledge drive.

01/12/2018 UPDATE to the update

In their newscasts NPR is now saying shithole countries. Journalism trumps a FCC fine!