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Bad Headline

Serial killer may be Tennessee trucker, police say

This is an article about a man, Bruce Mendenhall, who police have arrested in Nashville. As I read it, according to the headline they know he is a serial killer and suspect that he may be a Tennessee trucker … whaaaa?

Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Shouldn’t the headline read “Tennessee trucker may be serial killer, police say”?

I suspect that when the someone in higher management looks at that headline in the morning it will change to something more reasonable. I often see bad headlines on cnn.com change for the better during the day.

And a final thought: the trucker is from Illinois.

Update:

As of early Friday afternoon, the headline on cnn.com now reads “Trucker may be serial killer, police say.” Looks like they fixed both of the errors that I noted. Maybe they should stop outsourcing their journalism to Kazakhstan.

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