Why did Huckabee hand records to his predecessor?

It makes no sense. After reading on Yahoo! News‘ “The Ticket” that Mike Huckabee turned over records from his stint as governor to the person who was governor before him, I have to ask:  How dumb is that?

That’s about as stupid as not knowing the difference between a predecessor and a successor. Now that’s really dumb.

Oh, also, the reporter for “The Ticket” doesn’t seem to know how to use the correlative conjunction either…or. The correlative conjunction must join like parts of speech. So, it should be:

…either were given to his predecessor successor Gov. Mike Beebe or were placed in storage…

Or even:

…were either given to his predecessor successor Gov. Mike Beebe or placed in storage…

I won’t even venture a guess

It’s pretty clear that there’s an unnecessary hyphen in antidepressants. What’s not clear to me in this article on Yahoo! News‘ “The Lookout”? I’m afraid to guess what “sleep aides” are, but they sound like “professional” ladies or maybe hypnotists.

I really don’t know if this use of wrote is really trendy, but I think that attributed would work better, without ambiguity. It’s easy to guess that predessors is supposed to be predecessors. And a quick Google search would tell the writer that the post is vice chief of staff, without the hyphen:

So, my unanswered question is: How do errors like this happen on a supposed news site? And why should I trust anything this reporter writes? Oh, I guess that’s two questions.

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