Nope, Herald headlines still a soarpoint as ‘Scottish cases crawl past 11 000?’

Regular readers may remember Herald headline writers’ previous struggles with a desire for covid-19 cases to ‘soar’ when they are really stubbornly falling:

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-cases-soar-down-in-heraldland/

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/04/17/new-coronavirus-cases-fall-for-third-day-in-a-row-but-soar-in-the-herald/

They’ve done it again with the one above from yesterday. I feel for them a bit this time. There were 313 new cases compared to only 200 the previous day but to soar you need to be in the air and ascending increasingly for a bit longer. The graph below helps:

https://www.travellingtabby.com/scotland-coronavirus-tracker/

See that dashed line showing the trend? The number of new cases has been falling for nearly two weeks now with just some variation from day to day, to confuse the mathematically challenged.

So:

‘Scottish cases crawl past 11 000?’

3 thoughts on “Nope, Herald headlines still a soarpoint as ‘Scottish cases crawl past 11 000?’”

  1. As you have worked in media training, can you comment on the fact that all journalists have to pass an exam on hyperbole before they are allowed to practise?

    For example, no mishap, however trivial, can be describes as other than ‘catastrophe’ or ‘disaster’. No slight demurral can be described as other than ‘slamming’. No slight increase can be described as other than ‘soaring’ and any slight dip, is ‘plunging’. There are no gradations or nuances, no spectrum.

    Everything is polarised in which there are only two positions “Pure brilliant’ (anything pro-Tory or Unionist or Rangers) or “pure shite” (anything humane, decent, collaborative, communitarian, mildly redistributive, or about self-determination, especially for ‘Jockos’, and Celtic).

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