Friday, January 18, 2008

Hat trick of Stupid Questions!

The print edn of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram certainly sets the bar high with the hed at right (hint: No). Can the newly redesigned ("To our readers: Tell us what you think") Web site live up to this standard?

It's hard to top a photo that shows "what could be a UFO,"* but you have to admit, the early signs are promising. Here's the hed from the new! improved! Buzz (hint: Light show).**

And what could top an offer like this? Here's the story you get to if you manage to click in the right place:

His UFO sighting is captured on cellphone
Is it a UFO? (Hint: No)
Can't say for sure. (Hint: Can too!)
But truck driver Sean Kiel said he photographed an unidentified flying object with his cellphone as he drove along Interstate 20 near Cisco on Jan. 8. (Breaker one-nine there, teddy bear: How about keeping your mind on your driving and your hands on the wheel?)
... Kiel, of New Haven, Ky., contacted Sherry Webb of the Texas Dairy Review in Stephenville. She put him in touch with the Star-Telegram. (Thanks, Sherry! Let us know if we can do you a favor sometime.)

OK, enough of that. Dear friends at Fort Worth, the newspaper is the home of the mundane and empirical. Save the supernatural for the horoscopes. And take a journalism tip from Texas Dairy Review: When somebody calls in with pictures of space creatures, the right answer is: "Thanks! Here's the number of someone who will be really interested!"

* On the other hand, it could be one of these Daleks from the rift at Canary Wharf. Or an emanation of Giant Albion.
** As a general redesign matter, elements that cut words in half in display type are usually not a good idea.



Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Texas Dairy Review? Seriously? I thought that was a typo for "Daily Review"... But no.

So I guess I wonder why that would be who you'd call if you (thought you) had pictures of a genuine alien spacecraft.

11:44 AM, September 18, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

The ways of Texas are unfamiliar to me. Maybe Field & Stream?

12:21 PM, September 18, 2008  

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