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Do Newspapers Even Hire Editors Anymore?

I was reading an article about a cat hoarder (these seem to happen about once every few months in this area) from the newspaper of record where I grew up, and I was amused at the sad lack of editorial oversight:

Shelter workers and volunteers spent much of Wednesday afternoon vaccinating and bathing the cats, as well as applying flee vaccine.

One of the best flee-removal treatments, Calgiano said, was Dawn soap.

“It kills fleas on contact,” she said.

I was completely unaware there was a flee vaccine on the market now. Amazing what the animal health divisions of pharmaceutical companies are coming out with these days. The big problem with cats is that some of them just get the wanderlust, and then one day you never see them again. No parent will ever have to explain to teary-eyed little Mary why Rufus the cat wandered off. We truly live in miraculous times.

But all snark aside, I know the business is tough these days, but what I think boggles the mind is they got it right on the first and fourth try.

8 Responses to “Do Newspapers Even Hire Editors Anymore?”

  1. Maybe if they gave the criminal class flee-vaccine, they would just wait for the cops to arrest them instead of running.

  2. chiefjaybob says:

    But… but… but…. I ran it through the spell-chequer!!

  3. Tam says:

    It’s hard to hoard them if they keep running away.

  4. Dave Y says:

    I had an exchange with the …”editor” of the New Haven Advocate.

    http://www.newhavenadvocate.com/news/nh-connecticut-group-joins-lawsuit-against-denver-for-right-to-carry-a-firearm-openly-20110628,0,4683043.story

    The article linked lays right into a slanderous allegation against a very large demographic of society. Would Mr. Cunningham use the same slur on other demographics?

    Gay nuts?

    Black nuts?

    Asian nuts?

    White nuts?

    His first response – ‘may we use this as a letter to the editor”?

    His 2nd response – ‘I stand by the article’.

    I believe it has always been this way, the major difference now is that internet usage and access to news outlets doesn’t permit these “bad actor” editors – or lazy editors to get away with as much without some kind of response. The blogosphere socializing these issues only amplifies this effect. Finally, when a gun rights group resocializes a particularly offensive article or editorial, and calls for follow up it applies at least moderate to severe social pressure to knock off bad – or lazy behavior.

  5. Spell checkers our wonderful things,
    There tops are maid out off rubber,
    They’re bottoms our maid of springs.

    Sorry, but when I was young, our elementary schools hammered into us the importance of recognizing the common homonyms, and generally using the right word. Not so much anymore. Grading freshmen college papers is 20% marking “homonym error.”

  6. Daeglan says:

    I don’t think they do hire editors anymore. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-space-program-approaches-end-of-an-era-what-next/2011/06/29/AGeBAWtH_print.html read the first sentance… is that English? it makes no sense

  7. SDN says:

    Clayton, if you’ve seen a lot of the software docs these days, this is common. The problem is that you can’t suggest that the Indians they farm out tech writing to should learn English first; that’s RAAAAACIST!

  8. Jack says:

    It isn’t wanderlust, it is that sooner or later they will pick a fight with a raccoon.

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