When News Headlines Accidentally Support Cold War Policy.

Over at KENS 5, we use a content management system — or CMS, for short — to post our stories to the web. We’re getting a new CMS this fall, and many at the station joke that our current CMS was practically built during the Cold War. It’s a bit dated, but for the most part, the system works as it’s supposed to.

This blog post is not about one of those times.

Tonight, our CMS was set to automatically update our website with a story featured on the 10 p.m. news. And, when the hour struck, the CMS posted the story.

Well, half of it, at least.

The story was supposed to transition from the previous headline and photo — about U.S.-Russian nuclear talks — to a headline and image about bat research in San Antonio.

But our CMS didn’t cooperate fully, so instead, we got this mash-up: the headline “Gone Batty,” and below it, a sub-headline and an image of Presidents Obama and Medvedev supporting a drawdown in nuclear arms.

Apparently, our CMS wasn’t just built during the Cold War; it’s also actively taking a stand in it.