Earlier this year, I wrote several posts about the merry antics of the headline writer at TPM. There was a disconcerting pattern of headlines that were misleading or inaccurate.
That virus seems to have spread to ThinkProgress. Last week, I noticed several headlines that were quite a stretch, but nothing that warranted a post. Yesterday, one headline totally hit the jackpot.
This is what the post actually says:
During a recent town hall meeting, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) told the story of a woman who was repeatedly denied care for her unborn child’s heart defect. After “hunting down specialists,” the woman “found one guy in Detroit who said, ‘I think we can get it done,’” Olson said. Seventeen days after the woman’s son was born, the child received the heart transplant. Olson then said that a public option would have prevented the woman from finding someone to help her unborn son. Many in the crowd promptly booed Olson:
And here’s the headline that was slapped on the story: Town hall attendees boo GOP lawmaker for claiming public option would have prevented child’s birth.