Sunday, January 20, 2013

Amateur Hour


I indulged in a little web browsing while eating breakfast this morning, just catching up on news and seeing what happened in our fair land overnight. I must have read more than a dozen articles on different topics from local and national news sources, and most of them – surprise! – contained typos. It was like Sunday morning amateur hour for reporters.

What follows is just a sampling of today’s treasures.

“…When police arrived, they saw four firefighters trying to hold down an intoxicated Perkins, who had awaken and become agitated.”

(The reporter probably intended to write “awakened” and missed those last two letters.)

“They were on the way to the hospital…when had to drive past the crash.”

(When who had to drive past the crash?)

The investigation into the crash had Constitution Avenue shut-down for over three-hours, police haven't determined why the Malibu swerved into oncoming traffic.

(a. There should be no hyphens in “shut down” or “three hours.” b. As written, this is a run-on sentence that should be two separate sentences.)

“It seems like only yesterday the destructive flames of the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed over 360 homes…”

(The correct total is 346, a number that has been repeated in local media many, many, many times over the past six months. If this was a brand new reporter, I might cut her some slack. But this gal has been here long enough to know better.)  

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one on typo patrol this morning. When I saw this sentence, it read, “Police tried spraying Perkins with pepper spray.” According to this commenter, the original text was a little different:

“Spell check...its a wonderful invention kktv. Straying him with pepper spray?”

Apostrophes and capitalization. They are wonderful inventions, indeed.

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