Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ready, fire, aim

Bad case of runaway metaphor here on the day's top story at Ohio's Greatest Home Newspaper. Here's the lede:

In a suburban Cincinnati facility where tooling for engines used by the military is made, Gov. John Kasich unleashed a volley of verbal missiles at Ohio's nursing-home lobby yesterday.

OK, it's not an ammunition plant, or even the place where they carve your favorite Bible verse on your gunsight; it's a place that apparently turns out "tooling" (are we sure what that means here, guys?) for "engines used by the military." So "volley of verbal missiles" is a bit of s stretch, partly mitigated by actually having a prepositional phrase that more or less brings it back to earth.

But the hed spends all its space on aiming and firing with no suggestion of what might be downrange, and thus we're left with the idea that a Really Big Story for the Dispatch is simply the governor blasting away. Intentional or not, that seems a bit of a backslide to the days when any bit of random blasting by a Republican governor was a Really Big Story.



Blogger Brian Cubbison said...

Can one person unleash a volley? It takes two to volley, doesn't it?

6:50 AM, May 11, 2011  

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