Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Cut-n-paste cluelessness

Don't say you weren't warned. Don't say you didn't know Bad Things would happen to people who paid too much attention to that silly TOMB OF JESUS FOUND? story yesterday. Don't say you're surprised when Major Newspapers paste this sort of thing on their Web sites:

Christian Orthodox worshippers pass candles to fellow worshippers around the tomb where Jesus Christ is traditionally believed to be buried, during the Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

The hed on the home page is bad enough:

Jesus' tomb found in Holy Land?

... but slapping the AP cutline up there unedited is beyond silly. Who'd like to take a swing at the, um, slight error in the abovementioned cutline?


Anonymous Matt said...

I see two "slight" errors.

According to any "orthodox" theology, Jesus ascended, body and soul, into heaven, so that church wouldn't (and doesn't) believe that Jesus' body is buried in any tomb. Also, the phrase "Christian Orthodox worshippers" -- in addition to being a poorly worded, ambiguous noun phrase -- isn't accurate. There are many "Christian Orthodox" groups, including Greek or Russian or or Syrian or Eastern Orthodox Catholics.

9:18 PM, February 27, 2007  
Blogger fev said...

Yep. And it's not too late to write "is traditionally believed to HAVE BEEN buried" into your stylebooks for the 2007 season

5:22 PM, March 01, 2007  

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