The Washington Post tried gloss over this cold-weather story with its headline: “Blue crab numbers climbed slightly this year from a near-catastrophic low.”
If you read only the headlines, you’d think, oh, this is good news. You’d never know that the ensuing article has anything to do with cold weather.
The article begins honestly: “For the second straight year, a harsh winter killed more than a quarter of adult blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay.”
So far so good.
However, the article then uses words like “encouraging news,” “positive sign,” “step in the right direction” and “an uptick in Chesapeake crabs.” Like its a good thing.
Finally, 12 paragraphs down, it gets to the real crux of the matter: “Last year, 28 percent died over the winter. This year’s winter was worse, killing 29 percent.”
So much for unbiased reporting.