Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Violent" Children vs. The Drudge Report

A sensationalist Drudge headline once again obscures the context of a story. I'm noticing this sort of thing more and more and it bothers me.

Today's Drudge headline: "Six-year-old suspended over stick figure drawing"

The first paragraph of the article: "A first-grader was suspended Tuesday for drawing a stick figure shooting another in the head with a gun and allegedly threatening students. Little Butte School officials sent 6-year-old Ryan Weathers home after receiving complaints from parents saying he threatened their children, said Douglas Weathers, the boy's father."

So, if you only read Drudge a child was suspended for a violent drawing (a political point about societal overreactions, teachers, etc.). If you read the article you'll learn that the child's disciplinary report states that the child "threatened to shoot two girls in the head".

Leaving aside the question of whether a six-year-old can knowingly make death threats (probably not), would it have taken very long for Drudge to include the proper context for the article in his headline? It's completely dishonest sensationalism.

The Article

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