The New York Times’ headline about the four women who have accused New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman of “violent abuse” is interestingly passive.

That is very unusual headline phraseology. Since it’s based off a report from the New York Post, you would expect to read “reportedly” or something of the like.

But there is a reason the Times chose to go with “are said.”

That is said to be a very shortsighted strategy.