USA TODAY headline outright lies about Supreme Court news – and, yes, people noticed!

Mainstream news outlets gearing headlines toward a core audience is nothing new, but USA Today bordered on blatantly lying with its Supreme Court headline on Monday.

In response to the court’s decision to hear an appeal from a baker who was punished for declining to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, the newspaper tweeted “The Supreme Court has agreed to reopen the national debate over same-sex marriage.”

The headline on its website read “Supreme Court will hear religious liberty challenge to gay weddings.”

But the case is actually about Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who appealed a decision by lower courts that said his shop violated a public accommodations law in 2012 when he declined to make the cake.

The court is not deciding on the legality of same sex marriage, as the USA Today headline suggested.

And the newspaper was hammered on social media for its misleading headline.

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