What the Redskins didn’t lose

Beware of anything you read on Yahoo! News. If you’re reading this article, you might think that the Washington Redskins lost six patents and some copyright protection:

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That’s simply untrue. The team lost trademarks and therefore, trademark protection. The writer has confused patents, copyrights, and trademarks, treating them as if they were synonymous. They are not.

They really do think it’s 2015

The folks at Yahoo! seemed a little confused yesterday when they announced income numbers for 2015. Lest you think that the error is just the result of a yahoo.com writer going rogue, there’s additional evidence on Yahoo! Movies that Yahoo!ers have no idea what year it is:

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That’s unbelievable!

Here are two reasons I’d never believe anything I read on Yahoo! Travel. The first is something every American should know:

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The Statue of Liberty never struck a pose on Ellis Island. She first appeared on Bedloe’s Island, which was later renamed Liberty Island, where she remains.

That normally would be enough for me to threaten to poke out my eyes with a number 2 pencil. But, I continued reading the article, which is purportedly about American models of the past. So, how did the writer screw up Peggy Moffitt’s name so badly — every freakin’ time she mentioned her?

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Here’s what I think: The writer is so damned sure of her superior knowledge that she didn’t bother to look up any facts. And without an editor to do a little fact-checking, you get an article like this.

News Flash! Yahoo predicts new jobs in 2015!

In a stunning act of prescience, yahoo.com predicts the number of jobs to be added in the first half of next year:

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Bucking up

Why would anyone want to be a bucking bronco? I have no idea, but the writer Yahoo! Travel seems to think those people exist:

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It is possible, I suppose, that the writer has no idea what a bucking bronco is. A bucking bronco is not a person who rides a horse. It is the horse:


Do you think this vocabulary-challenged writer meant buckaroo?

Not a high school graduate

How the heck did Eminem’s daughter do that? In October she was a high school homecoming queen, and now she’s a college graduate?

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The answer is pretty simple: This appeared on yahoo.com, a site not known for accurately reproducing facts. It was right under the writer’s nose. Assuming the writer doesn’t have a schnoz like Cyrano de Bergerac, it should have been easy to see that the girl didn’t graduate from college. (And I meant graduate from college, not graduate college.)

Whom do you trust?

How does a great white shark grab chum off the deck of a boat? Don’t go looking for answers on Yahoo! News, because it’s not exactly the source of factual information:

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The facts? According to legitimate news sources, the great white shark “grabbed” the chum in a chum basket, which was hanging off the boat in the water.

That must be one huge set!

That set that’s mentioned on yahoo.com? It must have been humongous if a train can go barreling through:

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Does that seem possible to you? Me neither. The truth is that Mr. Wallach was nearly killed by a train on location.

What do you trust?

Would you trust a news article if you find a factual error? A really, really obvious error. Like this article on Yahoo! News that alleges there is not a single black governor in the United States:

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I’m not the most political-savvy old person, but I do know about Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts and an African American. If you spot an error like that, does it affect your opinion of the accuracy of the whole article?

Laying it out in black and white

Let’s lay this out in black and white for the Yahoo! Celebrity writer: If you don’t know that fiancé is an engaged man (and fiancée is an engaged woman), perhaps you should refer to the man as betrothed. Or maybe boyfriend:

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If you’re using it as an adjective, then black-and-white gets two hyphens. (As a noun, it doesn’t need those hyphens.)

So, Jessica Simpson posted a black-and-white photo on Instagram. Is it any surprise that it looked like she was wearing a black and white dress? (I really don’t know how the writer could tell what color the dress was.) Repeating a word isn’t the worst mistake a writer can make, but claiming she “was laid out” makes it sound like the poor woman was prepared for a funeral, not a wedding:

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Finally, the writer alleges that her hand was “placed seductively over her eyebrow.” Unless her eyebrow is somewhere on the top of her head, I think the writer made a misstatement:

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