A Deceitful, Indeed Despicable Headline From Drew Curtis'”Fark”

I like Drew Curtis’ Fark a lot; it may be my favorite news aggregator. Drew and his staff devise often clever captions to dozens of news items off the beaten path every day. It’s a left-leaning site: it frequently engages in gratuitous Republican-bashing, and has all of the predictable biases you would expect. Nevertheless, it’s different, amusing and usually benign.

Not this time.

Here was the NBC News headline FARK linked to: “A college professor called the police on two students who were late for class…”

Here is the story.

Now here is the Fark headline: “College professor calls police on two black students for being a) violent, b) drunk, c) late.”

In dozens of subtle and not-so-subtle ways, all across the news media, the web and Big Tech, writers, reporters, pundits and others work to maximize racial suspicion, hate and conflict, typically to ensure Democratic constituency animus towards whites and conservatives. This is a particularly revolting example. At best, the FARK headline is unethical, ruthless clickbait misrepresenting a non-racial incident as racist mistreatment of blacks by white authorities, in order to trick readers into clicking through and inflate traffic.

At worst, it is a deliberate deception to further the Left’s systemic racism narrative.

If you read the story, the students were black and the professor was also black. The NBC headline was fair and accurate: what was newsworthy was that a professor treated tardiness as a criminal matter. Race was irrelevant to the incident. FARK’s headline, in contrast invited the reader to think that a white professor was abusing black students because of their race.

Somebody should be fired for this, and FARK owes its readers, and the nation it is trying to divide down racial fault-lines—just like its favorite party and its current President— an apology.

As for me, I won’t be using FARK again for the foreseeable future.

4 thoughts on “A Deceitful, Indeed Despicable Headline From Drew Curtis'”Fark”

  1. Based on the headlines, it seemed like Farks was more accurate, giving critical details about the incident. Having read the article, there was no evidence that the students were violent or drunk – merely late and possibly rude. The headlines is extremely misrepresentative.

    • Thanks for exploring the story in more detail, Rich—that’s why comments are so essential. My focus was deliberately narrow: Fark’s leaving out the race of the professor to make it seem as if this was a racial incident when it was not. That multiple choice bit is a frequent Fark trope—this instance was somewhat unusual, because the other choices weren’t entirely fanciful.

  2. Rich
    Fark’s headline created the illusion that the people would assume the most negative while the NBC headline simply stated late so I don’t know what makes it more accurate.

    Having been employed by a college for most of my career I know that some professors have policies against being late which have included not being allowed to enter the room after the lecture begins. I find such policies heavy handed but full professors sometimes think they are God-like beings. Another fact is that it was campus police who were called not the local sheriff or state police. Campus police may be sworn police officers, but their powers are severely restricted so Blake’s claim that the two were terrified because of the disproportionate amount of violence against blacks is pure hyperbole. I have heard of zero cases where Black students were beaten or killed by campus police.

    The professor call to campus security as well as Fark’s headline allows people like Blake to push the anti-police narrative which is what she did. Nothing in her Tic Tok story focused on the professor who was also black. There are no innocents in this case except the police who responded.

    • Sorry Rich, I only focused on your first sentence. After a second read I fully understood your comment. My second and third paragraphs stand.

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