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No Exclamation Necessary!

May I please make a respectful suggestion for everyone on both sides of the aisle when it comes to the sites we read and the outrage they stir up? If the headline contains an exclamation point, don’t get sucked in. If any of the sentences in the body of the article contain exclamation points (except for direct quotes – and even then, it’s iffy), don’t get sucked in.



Real news sites lay out the facts – they don’t try to stir you up with exclamation points to emphasize the outrageous things they’re purporting to have occurred. And I’ve stopped following the sites that try to rile us up like this. Are some mainstream news sites biased one way or another? Yes. But that doesn’t make what they’re saying fake news.

But when you see those exclamation points, beware. Before your outrage kicks in, do a little research to see if what you’re reading actually happened. There’s enough real news out there to fuel your anger.

As Sargeant Joe Friday may or may not have said, “just the facts, ma’am.”


Copyright Nancy Machlis Rechtman, all rights reserved


6 responses »

  1. Amen!

    Sent from iPad 3


    • Thank you! If people would just take a breath and check out what they’re reading before reacting, it might help some of the dialogue that’s going on.As I said, there’s enough real news out there to get everyone upset.

  2. So true – I also stopped reading certain sites that turned out to be a waste of time – not only exclamation points, but headlines that are totally misleading to get you to their site – and both political extremes are to blame

    • Thanks for responding. And yes, there’s a whole lot of click bait out there as well. Readers need to be discerning and keep from reacting the second they read something until they check out the facts.

  3. The Truth !!!!!!!!!!!


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