Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Copy Desk Kidz Predict Future

"Jackson doctor gets two years."
No, he didn't.  Last time we checked, Charlotte Sun-Herald page designers had not been issued crystal balls. The judge presiding over Michael Jackson's manslaughter case gave the doctor four years in the clink.  So why would the desk kids send out a headline saying the doctor got "two years?"

Well, against all odds, the headline writer read the story.  Far down in the copy, the AP writer says -- without providing a source for the wisdom -- that prison crowding makes it "likely" the doctor will serve "less than two years."  Yes, the copy desk kidz actually read a story before writing the headline.  Unfortunately, they didn't read it accurately, carefully, critically or intelligently.

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