Nope. The headline of this piece is purposely misleading. But now that I’ve gotten your attention, let me see if I can keep it for a paragraph or eleven.

Most people only read headlines. I’d link to studies proving this, but anyone with a twitter or FaceBook account who pays even a modicum of attention to current events knows this to be true.

Don’t believe me? Just pop over into the trending topics feed (which is where I found the story I’m using to prove my point) and you’ll witness people losing their minds in reaction to a headline that has been framed to fire up outrage because that means clicks! Mind you, those clicks don’t translate to people actually reading through the article. I’m going to guess, based upon absolutely nothing, only 15% of people who share something because the headline elicited some variation of the following reaction; ZOMG! THIS IS INSANE/EVIL/CRAZY EVERYONE MUST KNOW ABOUT THIS IMMEDIATELY AND I MUST BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL THEM!, actually bothered to read even a paragraph of the article before they RTed or shared it.  

I feel it is my duty to point these stories out from time to time in order to try to stop the outrage sharing madness. Today I was presented with an excellent example: Here’s the headline from The Hill

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Wow, this must be a big deal! If this was just business as usual it wouldn’t really constitute news and no paid Hill staff writer would waste a moment of their time on it, right?


From The Hill article (emphasis mine):

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked dozens of U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Obama to submit their resignations, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

U.S. attorneys are normally replaced at the beginning of new administrations. Of the 93 U.S. attorneys, 46 remain from the past administration, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

This really isn’t news, this is non-news (not to be confused with fake news). This is what happens every time a new Administration comes to Washington. I have to wonder if perhaps someone pointed this out to the fine folks over at The Hill, because they’ve since added a juicy tidbit to the story that does make it news:

The call for resignations applies to Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the New York Times reported.

The move is a surprise, as Bharara reportedly met with Trump after the election and agreed to remain in his position during the Trump administration. Sessions also asked him to stay, the prosecutor told The New York Times.

Good on The Hill for adding some actual news into a piece that originally lacked it.

But I have no doubt that The Hill would have left the original, non-news story version of the piece up because of what a headline like that can be turned into by leftist sites and social media pages that traffic in outrage.

These outrage merchants have spun the normal practice undertaken by every new Administration into sensational story of PURGES! and have fed that malarky to their frothing audiences and they are sharing the crap out this garbage.

This is not news, this is non-news.

Learn to recognize it, and dismiss it and your blood pressure levels won’t fluctuate wildly throughout the day.

Featured image By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Jeff Sessions) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons