Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another chorus of the RTFP blues

Granted, it's hard to imagine a worse lede for a news brief than this sort of weird participial sandwich. It's all context and no who-what-when-where -- more or less exactly the opposite of what a brief ought to be.

There's so little news, apparently, that the poor copy editor couldn't even figure out who was visiting whom in what country. That's a charitable way of looking at it, because otherwise we seem to be leaving the international news in the hands of people who don't seem to have paid attention to the "news" all day (let alone looking at a wire budget) before sitting down to work. If the rest of the nation and world is going to be permanently relegated to three columns at the bottom of the editorial page, could we at least try to get the basics right?



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