Monday, September 07, 2009

The sorcerer's apprentice

Stop me if this sounds too much like an edgy new BBC sci-fi/noir drama: A zombie, a robot and a Time Agent are sharing a hip 1920s bungalow off East Boulevard while working at a Major Metropolitan Daily, and one of them has to cover the holiday shift on the wire desk, and ...

Wonder why Zardari's election is a big deal here? (That's the teaser from the top of the online "print edition" section at bottom and the story itself at top.*) Especially since it isn't mentioned in the story, the rest of the news world seems to have missed it entirely, and Zardari was elected in September 2008? Good question. It certainly doesn't bode well for the idea that we can just let the rest of the world run itself while we concentrate on football, Mission Possible and the United Way.

* As of this writing, the story is fixed, but the teaser remains a wide-open rift to another part of space-time.

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Blogger Old Word Wolf said...

Same space-time rift on a smaller scale: local writer, in this very morning's edition, reports his source saying "'The report released today is blah blah blah'..." Now, that's deadline reporting, no? As it turns out, the report was released August 28, and the writer is quoting someone who responded in a more timely manner than the nice newsman, who is quoting from a prepared statement without acknowledging he's using a press release. If only he had edited his own copy -- or someone had done it for him -- he might have gotten away with it.

1:19 PM, September 08, 2009  

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