Saturday, June 05, 2010

No, don't. And don't do that either.

Given the chance to write a lede about something interesting, like a 4-year-old falling from a balcony, bouncing off a palm tree and surviving with no broken bones, why do reporters insist on proclaiming a miracle and wrapping it all up with a "Call it"? And why do editors let them get away with it?

There's this added bonus if you read on:

After the boy landed near the pool deck, she saw the boy's reported grandfather carrying his grandson before the paramedics arrived and that "the mother was so shocked she nearly fainted.''

If it's "reported grandfather," shouldn't it be "alleged grandson"?



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