Thursday, December 18, 2008

Modifier of the morning

Typos on their own aren't especially interesting. But when it's in the hed and the lede:

One of two burglarly suspects who cut off electronic monitoring ankle bracelets Tuesday in Charlotte was caught late Wednesday, police say.

... it looks more like imitation than typo. If you guys are trying to convince me the online product is a reliable way to get news, could you at least start by giving it a routine edit?*

I'm reminded of a talented slot editor (now causing damage in the high management ranks) who, at the release of the movie "Barfly," was dismayed that the world had lost a chance at the greatest Pirate Adjective of all time: "Ar, he was a barfly lad!"

* While you're at it? Just turn off the comments on news stories. Your readers are morons.


Blogger Strayhorn said...

Turn off comments? No way. Comments remind me why I keep a shotgun by the bed.

Speaking of rural folk such as myself, I spotted this in today's NYT story about Caroline Kennedy's possible elevation to senator:

It was the first stop in an orchestrated tour of upstate New York. Ms. Kennedy has plans to visit with officials in Rochester and, possibly, Buffalo, a first stab at getting skeptical upstate voters used to the idea of being represented in Washington by yet another down-stater.

The area has already expressed wariness of her, with some officials and newspapers questioning her abilities.

"The area"? I love it. Why not just call them "rubes" or "untermensch" and be done with it.

11:53 AM, December 18, 2008  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Perhaps they only mean that the suspect resembles a burglar...?

8:57 PM, December 18, 2008  
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