Friday, August 02, 2013

Man eatin' tiger

Dear New York Post: If you must make junior-high-level puns on people's names, and if you must commit your g-droppin', and if you must refer to your candidates by given name on second reference -- would you at least be so kind as to provide the hyphen that lets us distinguish a Scotsman eating blancmange from a Scotsman-eating blancmange?

Thank you.

Readers can draw some entertaining conclusions about Post news practice from the accompanying tale. For instance:

  • What's an appropriate number of times for a single story to refer to Spitzer as "disgraced"? (Two)
  • What's the only verb of attribution allowed for the candidate's spokeswoman? ("Insisted")
  • Do you suppose "a reporter" in the third graf and "a reporter" in the 10th graf are any relation to the story's author? (Hmm)
  • Does the Post have any rules about letting anonymous sources take potshots? (What are you, kidding me?)

    Asked about the evasions, a political pundit told The Post that they’d be impossible to maintain for long — especially given Spitzer’s close comptroller primary race against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

    “Once you’ve been caught in any sort of major infidelities — whether it’s hookers or d--k pics — every question is fair game. And if you can’t answer the question, you’re basically confirming the worst,” said the Democratic operative. “For Spitzer, it’s an even bigger problem, though, because he started his campaign with the lie that every thing was all hunky-dory between him and Silda,” he added.

  • Did the paper whose stock in trade is "Weiner Pulls Out" and "Weiner Goes Limp" really get a case of the vapors at the thought of "dick pics" in a direct quote? (Yesh, looks that way)

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Blogger vp said...

Sorry to be slow, but I don't get the pun in the headline (unless it's just a double-entendre based on the word "eat", in which case the headline is exceptionally lame).

Could someone spell it out, assuming it's printable in a family blog?


10:55 AM, August 02, 2013  
Anonymous D said...

Not exactly printable, but the headline is a nod to the phrase "[excrement]-eating grin." Which, as Fred would point out, is quite different from excrement eating grin.

11:02 AM, August 02, 2013  
Blogger vp said...

Ahh D -- that's a new one on me! Thanks for the explanation -- although I'm still not very impressed by the headline :)

2:51 PM, August 02, 2013  

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