Hey New York Times, please pass the Cranberry Sauce

NY Times_Feast 3-2-16 1The headline: Trump And Clinton Feast As 12 States Vote

The mistake: This awful headline!

The Copy Vigilante says: First, my apologies for the cheesy pic of the newspaper but their online headline changes often. Ugghh! This might be the worst headline ever! Since when has Super Tuesday been held on Thanksgiving?! And what are they feasting on? Voters? Voting machines? Hanging chads?

Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, Pierre Boulle – Planet of the Apes and Joe Knetsch – Florida’s Seminole Wars, 1817-1858 (The Making of America)

Why, oh why New York Times?!

NY Times logoThe story: 3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran (NY Times Op-Ed 8-7-15)

The mistake: “The big question is, Why did we lose?”

The Copy Vigilante says: Actually the big question is why is why capitalized in the middle of a sentence? Another big question is why is there a comma after “is” when it’s not needed? And the biggest question is why did the editor miss this glaring, simple mistake? Why – oh why?!

Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Strunk and White – The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition, Stephen King – On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft and Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus.

Come on NY Times, numbers are easy to get right!

NY Times Logo 4The story: Grand Old Planet (NY Times Op-Ed 11-23-12)

 

The mistake:  “How are we going to search effectively for natural resources if schools trying to teach modern geology must give equal time to claims that the world is only 6.000 years old?”

The Copy Vigilante says: I know you probably don’t like numbers. That’s why you’re in the writing, editing and journalism business. But still, when presenting a number in an article let’s get it right!

Try bringing decent editing to your stories, New York Times!

The story: Brought Mars to Earth With a Lyrical Mastery (nytimes.com 6-6-12)

The mistakes: Instead, he read everything he could get his hands on: Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway .

“ I’m not a serious person, and I don’t like serious people…”

The Copy Vigilante says: I think Ray Bradbury’s fascination with space got to the writer and editor of his NY Times obituary. Ahem. There should not be a space between the last word of a sentence and the punctuation, nor should there be a space between an open apostrophe mark and the word following it.

A typo is a typo, regardless of where it appears

The story: Submission Guidelines for Travel Writers

The mistake: “Writers should not inclue photographs.”

The Copy Vigilante says:

I don’t have a clue what “inclue” means. I know what “include” means and it would have been nice if the editor caught this typo and included the ‘d’ to spell this word right.

And I know, it’s not really an article, it’s just their submission guidelines. But still, come on, this is the New York Times!

Insider trading on Sesame Street?!

The story:  U.S. Expected to Charge Executive Tied to Galleon Case (NY Times 10-26-11)

The mistake: “Most of the defendants charged with insider trading over the last two years have plied their trade exclusively on Wall Street.”

The Copy Vigilante says: Really?! Tell me something I don’t know. And what other street would they be plying their trade on? Sesame Street? Elm Street? K Street? (Actually yes – lobbyists are inside traders!)