Does missing the ‘the’ make all the difference to corporate media

There’s a word missing in the headline – the.

The headline above the text dropped the the too:

Covid Scotland: International travel had ‘major impact on first wave death rates’

In the text, they do write:

International travel had the biggest impact on death rates.

Here’s what the research by Aberdeen University actually said:

A new study comparing countries most severely hit by COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic has found that international travel showed the biggest impact on increases in death rates. They found that once adjustments were made for these factors (age, obesity, smoking, population density), as well as for the impact of socioeconomic and environmental conditions and healthcare systems, the biggest increase in death rates was associated with international arrivals.

Their work focused on the early stages of the pandemic, using international travel data for 2018 as a proxy for 2020 data before international travel restrictions were imposed. They found that an increase of a million international arrivals was associated with a 3.4% increase in the mean daily increase in COVID-19 deaths during the first wave of the pandemic. Tiberiu added: “We found that international travel was the strongest predictor of mortality increase.

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/14653/

Why did the the disappear in the Herald headlines? Why not reveal the facts as they are? Was it a subconscious decision based on just knowing what the corporate owners would expect?

I don’t know.

13 thoughts on “Does missing the ‘the’ make all the difference to corporate media”

  1. THE media throughout THE pandemic lockdown have adopted a stance to wards it that it is damaging to some sectors of business, with hospitality and travel featuring regularly in bulletins and spokespersons for these being allowed to make unchallenged rants agains what they present as THE persecution of them. These sectors are substantial advertisers and I suspect that finance directors are warning editors to keep these sectors on their side to continue cash flows.

    THE Director of Glasgow Airport, for example, is regularly allowed to fulminate against THE SG.

    Travel and hospitality (‘Eat our to help out”) have been principal vectors of transmission. THE Westminster refusal to close borders and to enforce quarantining has connived in this.

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  2. “Was it a subconscious decision based on just knowing what the corporate owners would expect?
    I don’t know.”

    I think you could make a pretty sound judgement on it though 😄

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  3. Hi Jack and the BEEB, lets have a big scare,
    All along, down along, out along lee,
    For I want to do down that Nicola Fair,
    With MacWhirter, Glen Campbell, Hon Sarah,
    Neil MacKay, Brian Wilson, Marky Smith, Struan Pish
    Old Uncle Tom Gordon and all,
    Old Uncle Tom Gordon and all.

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  4. THE need to create impact within a limited space, might have had something to do with it. We do live in a semiotic world after all, as attested by Severin Carrell, a.k.a. the Semiotic Kid. Though this is apparently a reality that Westminster and ‘our’ legal Establishment is determined do deny.

    THE MORAL SEMIOSPHERE:
    LOCKE’S PHILOSOPHY OF LIBERAL SEMIOTIC COMMUNITIES

    Click to access christophersheplerhonorsthesis2.pdf

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    1. CameronB

      Can you comment without screenshots.? It’s a tad annoying having a foot long post. If you “must” can you just make it a link.
      I noticed when you first started posting here you hadn’t brought your Wings habit….but here we go!

      My one and only comment on it. After this I will just skip past.

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  5. Julia Gib
    I’m trying to point folks towards the fabric of critical political science, so please don’t fall into the trap of misrepresenting me as a spammer. I can’t tell how pdfs will display, and the communication of knowledge is kind of hard to achieve in an environment that is hostile to the communication of knowledge.

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  6. It simply isn’t realistic to expect me to communicate the essence of linguistic philosophy, legal theory, and stuff, in a btl comment. Or how this knowledge relates to democracy. That’s why I deffer to academia, though you need to be careful with that lot, as academia has a long way to go before it can truthfully claim to have de-colonised itself.

    Poetry as method in the history classroom: Decolonising possibilities
    http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2223-03862019000100002

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    1. “It simply isn’t realistic to expect me to communicate the essence of linguistic philosophy, legal theory, and stuff, in a btl comment”

      Did anyone ask you to try, I mean anyone at all ?

      “That’s why I deffer to academia, though you need to be careful with that lot, as academia has a long way to go before it can truthfully claim to have de-colonised itself.”

      I never understood how sharp Freud was before I bought one of his saw blades…

      Do you understand the difference ?

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      1. I’ve already been driven away from Wings by the ignorance of some, and their apparent hostility towards critical political science. You appear to want to achieve the same here.

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  7. No Cameron, to quote your own response to Julia’s comment – “the communication of knowledge is kind of hard to achieve in an environment that is hostile to the communication of knowledge”
    – Your default expectation is hostility, yet rather than examine the two quotes to see how you might better “communicate” the connection to the OP, or convey your opinion. you presume it “the ignorance of some”.

    I will scroll by in future.

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    1. You certainly appear hostile towards me trying to punt a post-colonial perspective. Do you get together with your man Ellis to stroke each other?

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