Friday, January 13, 2012

First, do no harm

(edited)
Pending clarification (per Jan's comment below) on which version actually came first, we ask whether this is a case of aid and comfort to the enemy in the Global War on Editing:

Other rent-seeking groups are dispersed across the political spectrum. (
Nation's Newspaper of Record:)

Other rent-seeking groups are disbursed across the political spectrum. (
Foremost Newspaper of the Carolinas)

David Brooks is a cartoonishly bad writer, true. But even an odious heap of freshly composted George Will like this column shouldn't have its shoelaces tied together in the editing process.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Jan said...

I believe it was "disbursed" in the NYT print edition as well (I remember noticing it, and it wasn't in a S.C. paper), but I'll have to dig into the recycling bin to prove it.

1:01 PM, January 13, 2012  
Blogger fev said...

Pls let us know if you do. I should have noted that the graf I copied from the NYT was dated Jan 9 and didn't have any of the Times's occasional evidence of having been corrected.

Do you get the national edn?

1:37 PM, January 13, 2012  
Blogger Jan said...

From the New England print edition, Tues., Jan. 10:

"Other rent-seeking groups are disbursed across the political spectrum. The tax code has been tweaked 4,428 times in the past 10 years ..."

It's not really surprising that this common substitution would show up (and be overlooked) in a context that's all about money.

10:35 AM, January 14, 2012  

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