Benji Lovitt
Because the Middle East is Funny

Top 11 AP headlines in history

Mad as hell about Associated Press headline, 'Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem'

Yesterday, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd of people waiting for a train. A three-month old baby was killed. A police officer shot the fleeing murderer. The Associated Press (AP) found it appropriate to report the story with the following headline.

AP - yahoo hed

If that’s not the most ridiculous journalistic account of an event, I don’t know what is.

Well done, AP. The headline has since been changed. Too little, too late.

On that note, let’s take a look back at the top 11 AP headlines throughout history.

11. Titanic Assaults Iceberg

10. Princess Di Terrorizes Streets of Paris

9. Distant Moon Invaded by Colonizers

8. Crippled Jedi Attacked by Own Son

7. Scientists Ethnically Cleanse Polio

6. Noah Abducts Entire Animal Kingdom

5. John Lennon Drives Fan to Crime

4. President Kennedy Causes Traffic Jam

3. Twin Towers Delay Flights

2. Abraham Lincoln Interrupts Play

1. Yitzchak Rabin Ruins Peace Rally

Screw you, Associated Press. Report the news. Leave your biases out of it.

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About the Author
Since making aliyah in 2006, Benji Lovitt has performed stand-up comedy and educational programs for groups including Jewish Federations, Chabads, synagogues, Masa Israel Journey, and Birthright Israel. His perspectives on aliyah and Israeli society have been featured on Israeli TV and radio and in publications such as USA Today, Time Magazine, the BBC, and more. Benji has worked as a cross-cultural trainer with groups including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masa Israel and is a popular presenter on the Limmud International circuit. During 2014's Operation Protective Edge, his humorous observations on the war led to his being called in Israel "the only reason to go on Facebook.”