A news source you can trust?

How many typos, misspellings, and wrong word choices does it take before you question the credibility of a news article? If the article is written by a Yahoo! News staffer, I start with an attitude of skepticism, which is buttressed by the errors that are sure to be there.

I can count on there being at least one homophonic error. In this article, the writer claims an ice sculpture was discretely wheeled into a hotel suite:

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Unless that sculpture was delivered in bits of ice cubes, it was brought in discreetly, so as not to attract attention.

A typo in a photo caption isn’t the worst thing you’ll find in the article:

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But a second homophonic error just might be:

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Perhaps it’s a rite of passage at Yahoo! News: You can’t get a byline until you’ve made at least three boneheaded mistakes in a single article.

Here’s a makeshift spelling of makeshift:

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There’s nothing wrong with this paragraph except for the arbitrarily capitalized former and the spelling of Dinesh D’Souza and Cathy McMorris Rodgers:

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Two of those mistakes would get you sent to the woodshed in a legitimate news organization. But wait! There’s more! Here, the writer claims there was a big band consisting of 16 pieces:

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and yet in the photo caption, he’s added a musician:

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Perhaps the writer was enjoying the contents of the kegerator when he wrote this:

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and then forgot that if you use a dollar sign, you shouldn’t also use the word bucks (because that would be “20 dollars bucks”):

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So, I’m not trustin’ too much (if anything) I read from this author. I guess for some, getting an article published is all that matters:

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2 Responses to “A news source you can trust?”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    Having led a sheltered life, I didn’t know what an “ice luge elephant” is. A short trip through the internet shows that it’s a very strange object indeed.

    But then, college students can occasionally be wild types.


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