Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There's a reason for that

The Freep on the Alabama shootings:

Police don't have a motive yet.

... and a local slaying:

Investigators don't yet have a motive.

There's a reason they don't have a motive, you know. They didn't do it! (OK, it's the big town: They probably didn't do it!) "Police have no motive" is one of those deeply robotic bits of news writing that shows up everywhere because -- well, because everybody else who writes about cops seems to be using it. There's no earthly reason not to do it right: "Police haven't determined a motive."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

s/determined/announced a wild-ass guess at/

7:43 PM, March 11, 2009  
Blogger fev said...

You mean they're NOT THE SAME THING? As in, "We have determined the value of the McClatchy stock in your 401(k), and there's nothing to worry about"?

Oh, dear.

10:42 PM, March 11, 2009  

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