The story – Sex and espionage: A long and sordid history (cnn.com 4-18-12)
The Mistake: “…some of the secrets he was alleged to have passed on were in fact betrayed by CIA agent Aldrich Ames, And in Lonetree’s defense, the commandant of the Marine Corps said…”
The Copy Vigilante says: Anything with “Sex” in the title certainly gets my attention. Especially sex and spies! My two favorite Bond girls are Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, 2008.) But I digress. Just like the editor did who missed the erroneously uppercased “A” after “Ames” that should be lowercased!
The story: Disarming Viktor Bout (The New Yorker 3-5-12)
The mistake: “As a teen-ager, he explored two common ways out: sports and the military.”
The Copy Vigilante says: I don’t know why the venerable editors at The New Yorker hyphenated teenager when it’s one word. The Copy Vigilante Overlord, who’s an editor, said it could have been code carried over from the print edition to the online one. If that’s the case it still should have been caught.
The story: Alec Baldwin engaged to 28 year-old girlfriend (reuters.com 4-2-12)
The mistake: “Yes, it’s true! Alec proposed to Hilaria this weekend and we’re all excited for the newly engaged couple. Alec’s birthday is tomorrow — great way to celebrate!,” the actor’s spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said.
The Copy Vigilante says: The Reuters news agency was founded in 1851 and has been around for a long time. So their editors should know better by now and further punctuation is not needed after this exclamation point!