« Trick shot | Main | I Almost Expect This To Really Happen »

Bad journalism

It is news articles like this that exemplify the decline in the newspaper industry today.

CCPD: Man pulls smash-and-grab on big-screen TV

CORPUS CHRISTI -- A Corpus Christi man is back in jail after being accused to smashing and grabbing a TV from a store on SPID Thursday night.

Witness told police that a man smashed out the lower portion of a window to a store, tore off a 42-inch television. According to police, the witnesses followed the man, he dropped the television at a store at Moore Plaza and fled towards Padre Staples Mall. Corpus Christi police located Onell Garcia, 36, behind the Olive Garden restaurant and he was returned to the scene of the crime, where he was positively identified.

Garcia has been convicted of six theft-related crimes in Nueces County since 1999, is in Nueces County jail on a burglary charge.

There isn't one sentence in the story without at least one mistake. That includes the headline. Did someone in Corpus Christi proofread this crap or was it outsourced half way across the world? Newspapers are doing that these days. The above article doesn't name its author.

Anyone who has read my attempts at webfiction, know my grammar is far from perfect. Then I am not selling subscriptions to what I write.


TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/30491.

Comments (7)

BillPerhaps in add... (Below threshold)

Bill

Perhaps in addition to your well known Knucklehead Awards you should use this example of editorial treason to establish a new award. Granted, it may be difficult to find levels of language butchery such as this on a weekly basis but maybe it can be a monthly award. Edwin Newman and William Safire would be proud.

My suggestion would be to name it the "E.B. White Hates You Award". Or the "E.B. White Estrangement Award".

It was a dark and stormy ni... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

It was a dark and stormy night...

I was going to come up with... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

I was going to come up with a comment, but i think their work stands alone.

OMG! That's on my neck of ... (Below threshold)
newton:

OMG! That's on my neck of the woods!

That grammar was horrible. I bet you the writer attended one of the local public schools...

SPID stands for South Padre... (Below threshold)
Evo:

SPID stands for South Padre Island Drive.

"Then I am not selling subs... (Below threshold)
iamadumbass:

"Then I am not selling subscriptions to what I write."

You meant to write:

"Then AGAIN, I am not selling subscriptions to what I write."

Priceless.

Corpus Christi police lo... (Below threshold)

Corpus Christi police located Onell Garcia, 36, behind the Olive Garden restaurant and he was returned to the scene of the crime, where he was positively identified.

There's nothing wrong with this sentence. It's fairly standard, after capturing a suspect, to drive them back to the scene before booking or anything else ("he was returned to the scene of the crime") so that a witness can make a positive ID.

There's also nothing unusual about a paper using common local abbreviations for a street if they would expect their readers to all know what they mean.

The rest is pretty poor - but your 'every sentence' proclamation is, well, wrong.




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

[email protected]

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy