News to confuse

Sometimes the news can be so confusing. Especially if you’re reading Yahoo! News. I’m so befuddled by the possibility of a Nebraska hospital ending up in Liberia. How the heck did that happen?

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We all know people who are so fond of their dog that they feel they’re owned by their pet. Apparently that’s the case with the nurse in Texas who contracted Ebola. Her spaniel owned her, and not the other way ’round:

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Although I’ve been following the story of the nurse’s illness, I had no idea she was the first person infected with Ebola. I thought the outbreak started in Africa, not the U.S. Shows you how much I know.

Second day of errors takes shape

OK, so maybe I wasn’t completely accurate. This is hardly the second day of errors from Yahoo!, but the title of this post does illustrate the correct verb for the subject day — unlike this headline from Yahoo! News:

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A Nobel Prize winner deserves better

Apparently there’s no way to check the spelling of a Nobel Peace Prize winner’s name. So, the writer for came up with this version of Malala Yousafzai:

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That’s not the only misspelling at Yahoo!. Here’s another on Yahoo! News:

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Does that look like Jon Stewart to you?

Call me crazy, but I swear that’s a picture of the White House and Jon Stewart — and not Peter Kassig or his parents — on Yahoo! News:

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But, this is on a so-called news site, so it can’t be a mistake. A r eal journalism site wouldn’t make a mistake that bad, would it?

It’s either too many words or the wrong word

Sometimes when faced with a headline like this one on Yahoo! News, I can’t tell if there’s an extra word or an incorrect word. But I’m sure of this: It makes no sense.

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What does that headline mean? You pick:

  • Judge won’t make final ruling on Stockton bankruptcy until late October
  • Judge to make final ruling on Stockton bankruptcy in late October
  • Nobody proofreads headlines at Yahoo!.

Dueling bombings

Unless the two bombings at the Boston Marathon were fighting each other, the writer for Yahoo! News meant dual bombings:

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And unless she refers to MIT as “mitt,” and not by its letters like the rest of the world does, then the article before it should be an, not a.

Did you out a word?

Do you proofread your pearls to make sure you haven’t left out a word? Why risk the embarrassment that a Yahoo! News writer is facing with the claim that “Suspect in missing Virginia student linked to…”:

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You might also do a little research to make sure you haven’t undercapitalized a word, such as embassy, which should have an initial cap when it’s preceded by the country’s name. According to Associated Press style, it’s the Ethiopian Embassy, the American Embassy, but an embassy.

It takes one millisecond’s time

It takes just one millisecond’s time to spot the missing apostrophe on Yahoo! News:

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An apostrophe is required in what the Associated Press Stylebook calls a quasi possessive: 6 years’ time, one week’s pay, ten years’ experience.

Getting the Values Voter Summit wrong

If you saw this on the Yahoo! front page, you might think these GOP politicians will be attending the Values Voters Summit:

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But you would be wrong, just as the writer is wrong. It’s the Values Voter Summit. Where did the writer get the idea that it was Voters? Perhaps from Yahoo! News, which also got it wrong:

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Sometimes the bear gets you…

… and sometimes you get the bear claw. Cops and doughnuts go together like jelly and a bear claw, according to the culinary geniuses at Yahoo! News:

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If you know anything about the pastry known as the bear claw, you know that it doesn’t contain jelly. So, I guess that means that cops and doughnuts are “about as intertwined” as apples and truck tires. Meaning, not at all.


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