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    CNN Tweeted An Upworthy-Ish Headline, And It Really Didn't Go Down That Well On Twitter

    What is the best way to report a terrible news story? Not like this.

    CNN published a story on its website this morning about an 11-year-old Illinois girl who had been stabbed 40 times.

    Because the sister, who called police, initially told officers an intruder was to blame for the attack, authorities briefly placed three schools on lockdown.The truth, when it emerged, was even more shocking.The 14-year-old, authorities say, repeatedly and fatally stabbed the victim — her half sister — with a kitchen knife because the teen thought she was ungrateful."This incident is a heartbreaking tragedy that defies understanding," said Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz. "I am asking the Chicagoland area, please pray for us. Pray, first of all, for the family that has been devastated by this."

    So what headline was used on the CNN Breaking News Twitter account? It went with this...

    14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you. http://t.co/5ZFqHFrviw

    CNN Breaking News@cnnbrk

    14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you. http://t.co/5ZFqHFrviw

    03:08 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The response to this headline on Twitter? Not great.

    @cnnbrk NO. YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS. DO NOT DO UPWORTHY HEADLINES OMG

    Sam Gavin@samgavindotcom

    @cnnbrk NO. YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS. DO NOT DO UPWORTHY HEADLINES OMG

    08:11 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Oh for God's sake, CNN, come on: “@cnnbrk: 14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you."

    Samuel Axon@SamuelAxon

    Oh for God's sake, CNN, come on: “@cnnbrk: 14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you."

    08:57 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @cnnbrk Really, CNN? "The reason why will shock you!" What kind of pathetically pandering journalism is that?

    Karis Heffner@17karis17

    @cnnbrk Really, CNN? "The reason why will shock you!" What kind of pathetically pandering journalism is that?

    08:49 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Journalists aren't that pleased either.

    CNN and the Upworthy style headline. The end of journalism is nigh...

    Gianluca Mezzofiore@GianlucaMezzo

    CNN and the Upworthy style headline. The end of journalism is nigh...

    08:48 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Jesus, even CNN is doing Upworthy style headlines now. That’s it, I’m quitting online journalism and starting a bi-monthly music mag.

    Ewan Palmer@EwanPalmer

    Jesus, even CNN is doing Upworthy style headlines now. That’s it, I’m quitting online journalism and starting a bi-monthly music mag.

    08:45 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    CNN tweeted this Upworthy style headline and you won't believe how angry people are https://t.co/ivkIbFRTkQ

    David Wyllie@journodave

    CNN tweeted this Upworthy style headline and you won't believe how angry people are https://t.co/ivkIbFRTkQ

    08:37 AM - 23 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Even Upworthy writer Adam Mordecai thought that doing this headline wasn't a particularly good idea.

    The ironic thing is that the headline saw far more retweets than many any other story tweeted by @cnnbrk today.

    So it raises an interesting question. Did it get so many retweets because people were so angry that it was tweeted, or did the Upworthy-esque headline prompt more people to actually share it in the first place?

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