One thing people like to complain about in 2019 is that sometimes media headlines don’t match the story. Folks then call your article “fake news” or “click bait” or “sensationalism,” when most of the time you’re just trying to write a catchy headline or, in the case of larger outlets, an editor writes the title and a reporter handles the story itself. There’s usually a disconnect.
But there’s another layer, and it’s when a social media blurb doesn’t match the headline OR the story, as The Wall Street Journal showed us today with this enlightening Twitter post:
Yeah? Really going out on a limb there!
The Warriors would not be a dynasty without their 10-time All Star (Durant), their 3-time All Star (Green), their 5-time All Star (Thompson), their Future Hall of Famer (Curry) and their defensive specialist and elite glue guy (Iguodala).
Similarly, the Phillies would not have won the World Series without Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Brad Lidge. The Legion of Doom would not have been the Legion of Doom without Eric Lindros, John LeClair, and Mikael Renberg. Liver and onions would not be a meal without liver or onions.
Crosby, Stills, and Nash wouldn’t have been a band without Crosby, Stills, or Nash.
— Jason Baldock (@jason_baldock) May 21, 2019
I tried to read the article, which is unfortunately behind a pay wall, but here’s the headline and subtitle for reference:
Why the Golden State Warriors Are in the NBA Finals—Again
The five essential players of this dynasty—Curry, Thompson, Green, Iguodala and Durant—were necessary to do something that no team had done in more than 50 years
I’m sure the article is fine, unfortunately the author is probably gonna lose clicks because some underpaid social media editor running the Twitter account goofed with his or her blurb.
Either way, people had fun replying to that tweet:
The Patriots wouldn’t be a dynasty without Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. My column: https://t.co/imn2G6nPZU
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) May 21, 2019
Mount Rushmore would not be a monument without Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, and Lincoln.
— @SiddiqRex (@SiddiqRex) May 21, 2019
I know this is going to sound crazy, but stay with me here: The Bulls would not have won six titles without Michael Jordan.
— NoOneOfConsequence (@StarDogCh4mpion) May 21, 2019
Big time revelation: Pianos wouldn’t play music without keys and strings
— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) May 21, 2019
Yep. Also Breaking — The Beatles won’t be a music band without John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
— Sudheesh Nair (@sudheenair) May 21, 2019