9News Revisited

I decided to check on whether 9News fixed the errors in their Thanksgiving article. I discovered that the spelling of the word "tongue" has been corrected, but not either of the other errors that were noted. I had commented directly on the article and pointed out all three errors, so they should be aware of them. There were several other comments regarding the errors as well. The aggravating thing, though, is that rather than just fix the errors and move past it, 9News decided to disable commenting on this article. Rather than people that First Amendment right (the right that the media is always complaining they don't get enough of), they removed our right to the freedom of speech to save face. Are they hiding? Embarrassed? Annoyed? They should at least address the issue, not disable comments and ignore the problem altogether.

A Royal Problem

While reading on the Apostrophe Catastrophes site, I was intrigued by the linked article about Prince Charles and his fight against bad grammar. While I think his intentions are quite noble, the author of the article apparently overlooked his own basic grammar skills and added an "s" to the caption under the picture. Where have all the editors gone?

Then=Time, Than=Compare

Is it so difficult to learn that the word "then" implies a time, while the word "than" is used when doing a comparison? I wonder where the writers from the GoBlueWolverine.com site were trained? Bad grammar in a sports article doesn't help to remove the stigma that our society has placed on education in athletic programs. Such poor writing only substantiates the public's view of sports.

So Soon?

Today's examples are already booming! Rasta, a good friend of mine, encountered an example of poor writing in the media, this time at Alabama's ABC 33/40 website. She said, "The author has put double periods at the end of two sentences and in the quote from Doug Horst, she left out the letter "r" in the word "closer." Re-reading this would have caught the error." Thanks, Rasta!

The Beginning

Here is the pilot post for this blog. I found this example on Denver's 9news.com site. The truly funny thing about this article is that the link at the bottom has the phrase correct and the holiday capitalized. Many articles written for 9News are so poorly written that I find it amazing when the intended meaning of the message is still understandable.

I found three obvious errors in the article:
  • The word "tounge" should be "tongue"
  • The phrase "tounge and cheek" should be "tongue-in-cheek" (again, fixing the spelling)
  • Holiday names should always be capitalized, but the author has written "thanksgiving"
Can you find more?

About Ren

I have finally become so incensed by poor writing in the media that I've decided to create a blog detailing the errors that I find. Perhaps journalists will think about proofreading their work if they don't want to find themselves on here. If you see any examples, please e-mail them to me at r.tauman [at] gmail.com.

I don't expect the average person to be able to write well, but those who write for the public should at least know what they are doing.