Do headline writers actually read the articles first?

March 25, 2012

What a headline: "Aide's gaffe dogs Romney" (March 22). Do the headline writers read the articles first or do they just skim them until they find a "gotcha" phrase?

I watched two different Baltimore TV channels' coverage of Mr. Romney's visit and nothing was mentioned about the so-called "gaffe." Yet The Sun had to create something negative and eye-catching, and it chose to run with this on page 1.

Marie Mullen, Joppa

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