Today’s shocking truck ramming terror attack in Jerusalem carried out by a Palestinian ISIS sympathizer generated tremendous news coverage here in Canada.
Earlier this morning, CTV News published a shameful headline to an Associated Press article which made a truck terror attack seem like it was traffic accident, not intentional terror committed by a Palestinian Islamic State sympathizer. The headline stated only: “Truck plows into Israeli soldiers killing 4 in Jerusalem”.
Subsequent to HonestReporting Canada sending a complaint to several CTV News executives, CTV amended the headline to acknowledge that Israel claims the Palestinian terrorist was from the Islamic State and that it was a “truck attack” – not an accident.
Here’s a before and after:
As we told CTV News, our public broadcaster also carried the same report as CTV’s with a headline that properly identified the incident as an “attack”. We relayed how readers see headlines 3:1 over the adjacent article and social media shares headlines with prominence, which compounds the need for accurate headlines with context.
Thankfully, CTV amended their misleading headline after our complaint which states the following: “Netanyahu: Islamic State to blame for truck attack that killed 4 Israeli soldiers.”
Over at the Toronto Star though, a similar headline still appears and states the following: “Truck rams into crowd in Jerusalem killing four”