Why do half the titles of news articles on BBC News Online's Northern Ireland home page all use text in quotes? Is it ‘their local style’ or just ‘a bad habit’ by the headline writers?
Less than half the quoted phrases are actually taken from quotations in the main article. Some are puns. Others just ‘shoulder shrugging’ by the writers. Maybe there should be a quote tax on BBC News NI’s online journalists.
- Critic libel ‘hard to stomach’ – not a quote from anyone mentioned in the article, just a pun.
- Murdered man was ‘gentle giant’ – most certainly a quote from the local community to describe Stiofan Loughran who was tragically murdered in Derrybeg on Thursday.
- Beggars ‘back on city's streets’ – again not a direct quotation.
- Paisley ‘ a political rough rider’ – is a quote from Ian.
- New law 'excludes' Alliance role – what they meant to say was New law effectively excludes Alliance role”, but
- Price rise ‘top in Europe market’ – not a quote from the main article.