TribLive Reports of Riots at Kennywood Park

Wow, TribLive, great use of the word “RIOT” in the title of your Kennywood story. Well played! We see what you did there.

With the recent events in Baltimore, there is major sensitivity around the word “riot”,  yet this is exactly the word TribLive chose to use in a title about a rowdy crowd that caused Kennywood park to close early tonight.Kennywood Riot

Real Pittsburghers traveled to Baltimore to get the story for themselves while some Pittsburgh news agencies are sitting up here scrounging for any chance to use the word “riot” in a Pittsburgh related story.

The term riot was “a great exaggeration,” said Kennywood Park spokesman Nick Paradise. –source

To Pittsburghers, Kennywood means fun, not fear – but some news publications love dumping fear on situations any opportunity they get.

Local news stations claim love for Pittsburgh but choose verbiage that harms the city. Imagine the impact this sensationalized title could have on Kennywood. Will you feel safe at the park knowing there was “a riot” on opening day? How many people will think twice about following the big yellow arrows after the negative association of Kennywood with this term?

News agencies exaggerate the titles so you get angry enough to click and share. Then, they quickly update the title after they feel the competition was beat in clicks, shares, and Google pagerank. As readers fall for these scam tactics, they earn ad revenue for each visit made to their site.

We’ve called these guys out for this crap before, but props to the news companies that didn’t use the word “riot” in the same sentence as “Kennywood”. Good job, CBS!

Update: The title has been changed to this…Kennywood Fight News