News gets worse

It looks like Yahoo! News is trying out a new format (at least that’s what I see in Firefox). Too bad the Internet giant didn’t spend a little more time training some proofreaders and teaching their editors to writer shorter headlines that fit into the now limited spaces:

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Rubio, Cruz join forces in Nevada

You read it here first. Well, actually not here, but on Yahoo! News:

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Senators Rubio and Cruz now have a single, joined “ground game battle” in Nevada for the presidential nomination. I guess they’ve joined forces to fight Trump’s, Kasich’s, and Carson’s run for the nomination.

It seems odd, doesn’t it? Why would they do that? Is it possible that Rubio and Cruz each have their own “ground game battle”? And is it possible that the Yahoo! editors don’t know that would be Rubio’s and Cruz’s ground game battles? Is it possible they don’t know that if something is owned by two people, only the last name gets the ‘S (like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Mom and Dad’s wedding)? But if it’s owned separately, each name must get the ‘S?

Oops. I stumbled on the wrong Yahoo!

Uh-oh. My mistake. I was looking for the U.S. version of Yahoo! News, but apparently I stumbled on the U.K. site:

quietens news

In the States, we use the verb quiet; the quaint quieten is “chiefly British.”

When a weeklong is too long

Here’s a word that’s too long by one character:

week-long news

According to the Associated Press Stylebook, the American Heritage Dictionary, and numerous other authorities, it should be weeklong. According to Yahoo! News, the dictionary spelling is just a suggestion.

Here’s some advice

Here’s a little advice for the Yahoo! News writer: Try using a dictionary.

council news

A council is an assembly of people. As a noun counsel refers to a lawyer or lawyers. And lest you think that the writer had a momentary brain hiccup, here it is again:

council news 2

I intend to follow the advice of a dictionary — not this writer’s example.

Worst news site on the Web

If you’re looking for reliable news articles on the Web, skip anything written by Yahoo! News “journalists.” The mistakes they make would be laughable if they weren’t so horrifyingly inaccurate:

am dying news

Only one person died in the United States of Ebola in 2014. The CDC reports that 11,301 people died of Ebola in Africa that year. Millions of people were not dying in the streets anywhere. Perhaps the writer suffers from Trump Syndrome, named after the presidential candidate who claimed to  have seen thousands of people cheering in New Jersey when the twin towers went down on 9/11.

This is beyond horrible, it is beyond irresponsible.

Would that be Jeb Bush’s websites?

Former governor of Florida Jeb Bush has set his sites on Vermont. Sounds good to me, except I can’t figure out what sites this Yahoo! News correspondent is referring to:

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Is it his websites? His campsites? His parasites? Oh, well. I may never know. Next time I’m looking for information, I’ll set my sights on a legitimate news outlet.

That’s news to Sen. Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham would probably be surprised that his name has been changed by the editors at Yahoo! News:

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This is the “news”

If you judge the accuracy of a news site by the quality of its writing, you might want to skip Yahoo! News. The folks there have trouble matching a subject with its verb:

cancel news

… and don’t seem to know that Angela Merkel is the German chancellor:

angel news

Now I get it

So as Yahoo! News begins the countdown to count down the hours until we change our clocks, readers are left with wondering why the writer can’t tell a phrasal verb like count down from a noun like countdown:

countdown news

Maybe the writer will read this and say, “Now I get it.”

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