Fish and chip wrappers

I was struck by a recent headline in a newspaper that proclaimed ‘Labour to cut benefits for young jobless’. This is obviously not true, since the Labour party is not in power and not able to enact policy.
But perhaps we should ask, is this any way to sell newspapers? Surely the point of a newspaper is to provide a good level of information, with some interpretation and explanation of that information. It’s difficult to see how meaningless headlines will persuade potential readers to invest time and money in said newspaper.
But this is part of a wider argument about the media – are newspapers, magazines, and websites like this one, for entertainment or information?

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