Thursday, February 14, 2008

Non-news

This is a great bit of non-news from Cornwall. The headline reads ‘Man hurt after prince leaves club’ which from a news perspective implies the man was hurt at the same time the prince left – perhaps in a connected way. But of course read literally it means ‘after the prince left the club, a man was hurt (sometime later)'. Which is actually what happened.

An hour and a half after the prince left there was a fight and someone got hit. Unless the prince said something that took an hour and a half to be understood before the men could react, I don’t think the quote of, "We can categorically say neither the prince nor his party were involved” is really that necessary.

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Since I wrote this up earlier more stories about it have been coming up form a variety of papers with more details which make it more of a 'story' - although whether or not the prince's presence in the club had anything to do with the incident is questionable. I would suggest, as an ex-resident of Cornwall, that a 1-pound party night in Newquay yields injuries on a fairly regular basis.

3 comments:

arun said...

"The headline reads ‘Man hurt after prince leaves club’ which from a news perspective implies the man was hurt at the same time the prince left – perhaps in a connected way."


NO. this would read man hurt as prince leaves club. duh

Dan W said...

No that is the point I am making. The fact this is a 'news' story would suggest if you read that headline the two events are connected. When you read the story you discover they are in fact totally unrelated. It would be the same as if an accident had occurred on a motorway the prince had been driving on 90 minutes previously and a headline was written which read, 'Accident on motorway after prince travels through'.

Tru said...

I agree it (incorrectly) implies a connection. However it does not imply anything happened at the same time as the prince left.

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