In his latest essay, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof pens a rather good bit about child marriages and the almost inevitable horrors that follow.
All too often, these marriages are done to cover up rape, many times by a member or leader of a church.
And Kristof uses a Florida example of an 11-year-old girl, who recounts for him her sad fate -- and her eventual rise to freedom and campaign to end the practice.
It's good journalism, even excellent.
So what's the problem?
The headline, or headlines.
The one on the actual story on the web: "11 Years Old, A Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida."
And the link to the column: "Kristof: In Florida, 11 Years Old and Married to Her Rapist."
Both instances appear to sink to the "Florida Man" clickbait approach in which some silly or horrendous (or both, or something in between) crime is committed by someone in Florida.
OK, I get that.
This time, however, it's unfair and resorts to misleading stereotypes.
The use of the Florida woman as the main element is fine and works quite well.
But as the story makes clear, it's not something unique to Florida -- the basis of those "Florida Man" stories.
In fact -- you have to do your own work with the map to find this -- Florida isn't even in the top 10 in per capita of child marriages.
The sad and terrible condition of child marriage is a nationwide nightmare.
But to promote that abuse in headlines as something unique to Florida is nothing more than a cheap shot.