Monday, January 28, 2013

Elusive yellow menace

What's worth the front page today there, Wichita Eagle?

Bigfoot lives.

Well, not really. Actually, not at all.

He apparently doesn’t live a flashy life in Kansas. Here, he stays pretty much undercover and lives more conservatively than say his counterparts in California and Washington state where paparazzi have occasionally snapped photos and videos of the famed elusive beast.

As long as we're putting made-up stories about the Elongated Yellow Monster* on the front page*, could we at least have some commas around, say, "say?"

Sigh. It's becoming painfully clear that our friends at Animal Planet can commandeer a chunk of space from the vigilant watchdog that is the American press pretty much whenever they want**, simply by saying "BIGFOOT!!!!" Please, dear editors: If you can't tell a made-up story when you see one, stay away from those friendly games of chance when the fair arrives in town next summer.


* Initially trapped and identified as such in the wild by Lisa at the Bremner Center, who also shared the story's occurrence in the KCStar
** Do people just not read Daniel Boorstin anymore?




Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/01/27/2653050/animal-planet-show-comes-to-wichita.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

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3 Comments:

Blogger Tybalt said...

"Do people just not read Daniel Boorstin anymore?"

They do not. It is a sadness. Also, they don't read anyone.

8:57 AM, January 29, 2013  
Anonymous raYb said...

I can hear the editor at the budget meeting: "Let's put it out front. They'll read that. They'll love it." Then he smirked and poured cold water on a couple of think pieces. They're trying to prove Mencken wrong that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence American public.

9:02 AM, January 30, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As long as we're putting made-up stories about the Elongated Yellow Monster* on the front page*, could we at least have some commas around, say, 'say?' "

there should also be a comma before the relative adverb "where," since the clause is non-defining.


"Here, he stays pretty much undercover and lives more conservatively than say his counterparts in California and Washington state[,] where paparazzi have occasionally snapped photos and videos of the famed elusive beast."

11:37 AM, February 02, 2013  

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