Why context matters

Finding examples of poor journalism is like shooting fish in a barrel today, what with the stock market meltdown and all.

Here’s a headline from the front page of CNN.


It rather looks like advice, doesn’t it?

It’s not.

Five paragraphs into the story, we get the real context of the quote:

“Investors are having one reaction to the downgrade: sell first and ask questions later,” said Paul Zemsky, head of asset allocation with ING Investment Management.

  • MR

    Nice that you caught a screenshot with a few credit card ads on it too.

  • Bonnie

    I’m counting how many times you use “meltdown”, I just know there will be a quiz!

  • Mike

    I find online headlines are the best place to get investing advice.