WaPo editor: ‘Stop taking lovers’ headline ‘distracted people’ from taking article seriously

The headline changed on an article by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson in The Washington Post’s new PostEverything section:

How did that headline make it on top of the article in the first place?

“I think the headline we originally put on the piece distracted people from taking seriously a raft of social science that the authors discuss,” PostEverything Editor Adam Kushner told Poynter in an email. “That was my bad. Regarding the substance of the piece, we’ve said from the beginning—as you reported—that PostEverything is dedicated to publishing a wide range of perspectives about issues in politics and culture.”

PostEverything launched in late May; at the time Kushner told me it would tackle stories “The Washington Post is not necessarily currently equipped to service” and that he planned to hit up ““wonderful thinkers and writers across the academy, across various fields where they’re practitioners” for stories.

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  • mcpierogipazza

    No, it wasn’t the headline, it as the entire article, one that misrepresented the original study it drew from, isolating marriage when many factors were looked at. The study’s author is not happy. Beyond that, it was the issue of victim blaming. And as someone who grew up in an “ideal” home by the articles standards, it sure didn’t protect us from domestic violence. Yes, the article said this didn’t negate that DV happens in the married parents home, but it was rather cheeky in celebrating that arrangement, which doesn’t take into account the millions of women who’ve stayed in violent marriages for years because divorce was and sometimes still is stigmatized.

  • Kenneth Conway

    George Will had all this lady stuff figured out years ago.