The media must stop using misleading headlines28 May 2021 | Leo BenedictusOften the article doesn’t actually say what the headline promised. Both in newspapers and on social media, headlines serve as a kind of menu, allowing us to judge from brief descriptions which articles we want to read. Anyone who read down to the middle of the fourth paragraph found out that “ministers are considering giving travellers free Covid tests”. It means that you can break a Covid test with cola. Headlines may only be a tiny part of the article, but they are often the only part that people read.