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The sky is falling

Posted by Gimwinkle on Wednesday, March 28 2018 at 9:08:03PM
In reply to A disappointed child bride posted by kratt on Wednesday, March 28 2018 at 0:10:44PM

Normally I don't read news articles like this. But, to help show just how wrong this stuff is, I comment here.

First, you do know that news media is all about making money, right? Dissemination of facts is not the goal here. Keep that in mind. To do a good job of raking in easy money, emotionalism is relied upon because many unknowing readers can't or won't care. They don't want to know about the insurance claim for a broken tail light from a parking mistake in a grocery store parking lot, they want to be excited by a photo of the police investigating broken glass from a horrific crash near an elementary school. Both are the same event.

To the Sun article:

Why did Emma Parry need to discuss this in three parts? If you look at the news story, you would think that this is a lengthy story because of how big in pages it is. But, get rid of all the advertisements, actual article photos, duplicated sentences, and cut-and-paste articles from Wikipedia, there are only 1,430 words. The Sun, then, wants you to see commercial advertising three times.

WEARING a cheap wedding dress her mum had bought online, 13-year-old Angel McGehee smiles awkwardly into the camera.

Two emotion words: cheap, and awkwardly. What defines "cheap"? Who's opinion was it that it was cheap? Not that it matters, but what difference does it make if it's cheap or expensive? Please look at the photo of Angel again. The first one. Just how is her smile awkward? What does an awkward smile even look like?

Legally married
Okay. So they were legally married. Anybody have a problem with that? If so, why?

The ceremony was conducted by her mother - and attended by her siblings, stepfather and other family members.
Okay. For contrast, I add this in because there are no emotion words in the sentence. Just statements of facts. (This is for clarity of my post.)

Seriously? Does the writer even know that that phrase means?

town surrounded by forest

Bizarrely the boy’s mother agreed
Is the writer intending to convince me of something bizarre? Should I simply accept the writers word that whatever it was, is bizarre? What is bizarre, anyway?

Angel soon fell pregnant
Fell? Perhaps this is a British colloquialism. Perhaps.

Angel burnt all the photos from her wedding day except this one - in a bid to forget her past
Why did she keep that last one in a bid to forget?

Surprisingly Angel has come to forgive her mother
Surprisingly. You are being told that Angel should not have forgiven her mother. The writer of the article is telling you this with the use of an emotion word.

you can’t even buy cigarettes under 18 so you shouldn’t be able to get married,”
What about people who WANT to get married?

“It’s even worse that it’s allowed in America because we have so many freedoms.”
Child marriage where the child loves her husband and WANTS the marriage is NOT a freedom?

Tomorrow, Sherry tells her harrowing story of
You, again, are being told that whatever you are about to read, your opinion should be that it's harrowing.

So is the insurance claim for a broken tail light from a parking mistake in a grocery store parking lot. Harrowing.

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