The Atlantic has an piece headlined "Does Anyone Still Take Both Sexual Assault and Due Process Seriously?" – and, when taken on its own, I'd say it's actually pretty good. But looking at the headline, it's hard to think anything but "someone woke up deciding to be an asshole that morning." I hate to be tedious, but tons of people who aren't political junkies care about both those issues a lot. But! The asshole (or pretender to the asshole throne for the day) wasn't Emily Yoffe, the author of the piece, as far as I can detect.
What makes me say that? The low-quality CMS (content management system) The Atlantic uses doesn't update <title> tags or create new permalinks with redirects from the old permalinks.
Yes, I know. But look at the URL. It has a different headline. And look at the tab in your browser. Same headline. Not the one it was run with online. The original headline was "Sexual Assault Has Become A Partisan Issue" – a shorthand for saying: how sexual assault allegations are judged has cropped up in several different partisan fights, a new trend with the Trump Administration.
This is a good point! And a lot of it doesn't have to do with Trump himself, it has more to do with Title IX disputes that have been coming to a head for a long time. This is actually discussed in the article, which is tremendously more measured than the plaintive wail of the editor's headline. Emily Yoffe seems to have a good understanding of the issues, and educates readers as appropriate for the profession... undercut substantially by the insanely combative tone of the headline.
I suppose I might as well officially start the series "The Atlantic Is Terrible", because my concern isn't really about the contributing writers, and this isn't even the only issue I've had with The Atlantic in the last week.