Carl Quintanilla to say, You know what, dear viewer, turn off the TV because we gots unadulterated boredom after these commercials. That said -- and, yes, I fall short from time to time -- I hold myself to a standard: The content that follows the click must deliver -- as in flow from -- the headline. The content needs to satisfy the reader's quest for information and/or stimulation. You might not always agree with what you read, but you weren't mislead. Unfortunately, not everybody abides by this guiding principle. Again, nobody's perfect -- we all mess up occasionally -- but if you were to cobble a list of the worst offenders, News Corp's ( NWSA) New York Post belongs at the top. Here's the headline it used this morning on an "EXCLUSIVE" Pandora story:
Then, in the story, Claire Atkinson buries what absolutely should have been part of the lead, focusing on "financial trouble" and broad-stroke mentions of an "increase in Pandora royalties" in association with her report that music publisher Sony/ATV negotiated a 25% increase in fees it collects from Pandora to play, among other selections, Michael Jackson songs. She provides some, though very little meaningful context at the very end of the story. That's a problem. If you only read the headline -- as so many people do -- you walk away thinking, here we go again, Pandora's royalties keep going up. That's a general perception that, while not necessarily false, paints a not-exactly-accurate picture.