For John, BLUF: Once you get behind you can never catch up. Nothing to see here; just move along.
At Think Progress and The LA Times we have headlines about a judge sentencing a man to having to write, 5,000 times, "Boys do not hit girls".♠ My source for this is the news aggregator Memorandum.
The thing is, the offender was sentenced to the maximum time in jail of six months and ordered to pay the medical costs for his [we assume] ex-girlfriend. The writing assignment was just icing ion the cake.
Why write the headline so as to leave the reader with an initial impression that the writing assignment was the only punishment? Is this Fourth Estate politicking?
Or is the Fourth Estate concerned that the judge is over punishing the offense?
Regards — Cliff
♠ This is, of course, Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh, who presided over the trial of a teacher for the statutory rape of a 14 year old and when the offender violated the limits of his parole handed him a sentence and then suspected it to 31 days (1 served) and also made remarks that were controversial.