So, if we were to craft a headline for this article that avoided Betteridge’s Law, what would it be? “Something Just Happened in Russia But No One Is Sure Precisely What.” Hmmm.
by James Corbett
The International Forecaster
Good morning, students. It’s time for Media Literacy 101. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin.
Have you ever heard of Betteridge’s Law of Headlines? It is a journalistic maxim formulated by Ian Betteridge which holds that “any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no.'”
So let’s apply that rule to a randomly selected example. For instance, if you see a headline like “Did Russia Just Undergo Regime Change?” you can answer that question “No, Mr. Journalist man, Russia did not just undergo regime change.”
Keep that in mind as you scan the MSM for coverage about the remarkable events that just took place in Russia (Al Jazeera, Daily Beast, I’m looking at you.)
So what did just happen in Russia. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?