Monday, December 27, 2010

Relative clause of the (still-young) week

In case you'd forgotten, the Fair 'n' Balanced editing team has a reminder for you:

BEAUFORT, South Carolina -- Things are looking up for Gov. Mark Sanford, who famously had affair with an Argentine woman, as he prepares to leave office on his own terms more than a year after the international affair that derailed his once-promising political career.

Funny, the Soros-funded Maoist-Leninist AP seems to have thought that "international affair" was enough:

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Things are looking up for Gov. Mark Sanford as he prepares to leave office on his own terms more than a year after the international affair that derailed his once-promising political career.


It's almost like trying to decode the syntax of a phishing scheme: If the "famously" and the missing article didn't give away the robot source, there's the backward order of details. AP reliably goes general to specific ("international" to "Argentine"), not the other way around.

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