Monday, June 23, 2014

How The Headlines Put A Spin On It

Differing points of view are most certainly apparent in these headlines, which all cover the same event.

From ABC News, the headline is "Mormon Church Excommunicates Kate Kelly, Women's Rights Activist."

From The Washington Post, the headline is "Founder Of Mormon Women's Movement Excommunicated By All-Male Panel."

From KSL News (owned by the LDS Church), a story that is relegated to a page other than the homepage is titled, "Ordain Women Founder Excommunicated From LDS Church."

And, finally, the two most-telling headlines of all:

From the LDS Church-owned Deseret News comes the headline:

Ordain Women founder's recruitment efforts result in excommunication from LDS Church

Kate Kelly's 'conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church,' bishop says

And from The Salt Lake Tribune, which does its best daily to remind the world it is NOT owned by the LDS Church, we get this headline:

Kelly on her Mormon excommunication: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’
Religion » Ordain Women founder urges other Latter-day Saints to stick with the faith.

And once again, cartoonist Pat Bagley provides visual commentary:


  1. Wow. Nice examples of what you can and can't do with a headline. Don't know much about this movement in your church, but I know the issue flares up in mine on a regular basis. I have hope that women will be allowed to be ordained as priests someday.

  2. That's a Bagley cartoon from a few years ago, isn't it? I think I've seen it before. Great collection of headlines you have there, really shows the different slants that news organizations put on the same article.

  3. I don't know how old the cartoon is. He tweeted it out last night in support of the Save the Tribune thing that's going on, and I used it for this because it fit. He liked my tweet and sent it out to his followers, so this post got a LOT of traffic yesterday. :)