As a blogger who sees lots and lots of headlines through various sources there is one thing I would love to do. I wish I could write a search and replace macro virus that would go through all of the various news organization style guides and make some changes.
Headline writers are just getting too lazy. One word I especially see used way too much is "slam" or "slams" Apparently everyday somebody is slamming something. In fact later generations if they go by news sources will be convinced that at one point there was an Pope who took the name of Slams since so many headlines say Pope Slams this and Pope Slams that. Though it isn’t just the pope who gets the slam treatment, it is used throughout all headlines on just about any topic.
In almost all cases slam can be replaced with "disagree" or "criticizes." I guess those words just aren’t as sexy for headline writers. But surely people get desensitized to always using slam and it will be less likely to catch your eyes.