I have noticed a that the BBC News website seems to use quotes in their headlines in places where I can see no reason to do so. Take the following story:
Which on the front page, even more noticably is headed
S Africa issues Malema 'warrant'
Why does the word "warrant" warrant quotes? Surely there's no legal or attributional 'reason' to do so? Surely these are just plain facts? If you're going to put quotes around "warrant" you might as well put quotes around "issues" too.
I find this very 'annoying' because to me it reads like they're casting doubt on the news they're 'reporting'.
(Arrgh, it's 'catching')
EDIT: Of course I know the reason for the use of quotes in newspaper stories. I am asking why the BBC in particular uses them so much. In an attempt to reopen this question, I submit another example:
In this story, the three generals in question have been sentenced. So why the quotes?
In this story, sure "improve" is a quote from an Apple source, but I don't understand why it should be put in quotes. Surely the "Apple promises..." part makes this clear?