The Huffington Post continued its deep Apple Love Affair today. On the website's homepage Sunday, the sixth top story of the day was --
Yes, it's true. The sixth most important story in the world today was an unsubstantiated report of an event.
(And what is this Big Event? It's that the company might be selling its new iPhone in early September.)
This big news story about a report of an updated tech product topped other such lesser stories on the Huffington Post as --
"Ex-NSA Boss: It Could Get Worse."
"NASA Makes Incredible Discovery."
"Biden Stirs 2016 Speculation" (Apparently, rumors of a new telephone are more important than rumors of a new president...)
"Sofia Vergara Sports Super Tight Dress"
This is a long-held bugaboo of mine, about the Huffington Post's long-standing Apple Love, as I explained in detail here.
I think a headline story about a rumor about an event is valid to put on the Technology page, high up. Though I don't know if even there it would deserve to be the main headline. I don't think it particularly deserves to be on the homepage -- not just because it's merely a "rumor", but also because of what the subject it (a new version of a phone!) -- but if they buried it a bit lower, I could at least understand it. But this is just foolishness.
And Sofia Vergara must be really pissed off...
By the way, in an unrelated story, though related to the Huffington Post homepage, they have a story about the new PGA golf champion (below Apple's rumor...), and underneath the photo of winner Jason Dufner is a sub-headline to another story: "Tiger Comes Up Short." Yeah, well, that's an understatement. How short did Tiger Woods come, making this a deserving front page story? He finished tied for 40th place -- 14 strokes out of the lead.
In other news, Herman Cain, Donald Trump and Jon Hunstman all came up short in their goal to be elected president in 2012.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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