Sunday, 11 November 2012

Extreme tabloid headlines by NY Post

This headline from the New York Post, on the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus, made a few people smile this weekend. But inevitably it wasn't to everyone's tastes. 'Brutal and juvenile' was how one of my Twitter friends responded. The Post can be both of those things. It certainly pulls no punches and is the least politically correct newspaper you are likely to read. The tabloid style, and particularly the headlines, were initially influenced by Rupert Murdoch's Australian and UK titles, such as The Sun, but it is fair to say the Post has taken tabloidese to a different level.

Its most famous headline, 'Headless body in topless bar' was voted as one of the greatest newspaper headlines of all time by New York magazine. It was written by the Post's larger-than-life managing editor Vincent Musetto. Since then its headlines have continued to shock. 

Even I was taken aback by this headline after Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave the peace sign at the UN conference in September. The Post is, of course, the print equivalent of Fox News so shouldn't really be taken too seriously.

Here are some other Post headlines. Juvenile, brutal or tabloid brilliance? Make your own mind up.


  1. " The Post is, of course, the print equivalent of Fox News"

    So therefore, the only one willing to tell the whole story.

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