The story: Alleged American ISIS Defector Held in Iraq (cbsnews.com 3-14-16)
The mistakes: “The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad told CBS News it could not confirm the detention of an Americna, indicating it had only recently become aware of the reports.”
“U.S. intelligence officials believe about a dozen American citizens have going to fight with ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
The Copy Vigilante says: Donald Trump supporters would probably get really mad at the first error in this article. How the hell can we make America great again if cbsnews.com can’t even spell American?! As for the second error, that’s just sloppy editing. Sigh, another missing word in the middle of a sentence in an article on a mainstream news website.
Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Philip K. Dick – Solar Lottery, Edward Rutherfurd – Paris: The Novel and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72
The story: “You can get cancer”; Uranium contaminates water in the West (cbsnews.com 12-8-15)
The mistake: “Irrigation allows year-round farming, and the irrigated plants naturally create a weak acid that is leeching more and more uranium from sediment.”
The Copy Vigilante says: Leeches are ugly little creatures. Some eat meat, others suck blood but if they “leeched” uranium they’d either all be dead or super-strong, giant monsters ruling planet earth. It’s the “leaching” process at work here, CBS News, not mega-freak worms!
Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Richard Matheson – I Am Legend and Barry Hatton – The Portuguese: A Modern History. And check out the Copy Vigilante’s historical novel – A Sensible Lunatic.
The story: 3 die in Calif. Bank robbery, gun battle, high-speed chase (cbsnews.com 7/17/14)
The mistake: “Police shot out the SUV’s, disabling the vehicle, but the suspects refused to surrender and exchanged a final volley of gunfire.”
The Copy Vigilante says: The police shot out the SUV’s what?! Carburetor? License plate? Side view mirror? Once again a word is missing from a major news story. Umm, the last time I checked words were pretty damn important to news stories!
The story: Plane towing “Will You Marry Me?” banner crashes off RI (cbsnews.com 7-24-12)
The mistakes: “A romantic gesture went awry off the coast of Rhode Island Monday when a plane towing a “Will You Marry Me” crashed into the water.”
CBS Boston affiliate WBZ reported that the Coast Guard rushed to rescue the pilot, the only one on board the plane, at around 4:10 p.m. ET after receiving a radio transmission
GENERIC life preserver ring coast guard rescue drowning (CBS/AP)
The Copy Vigilante says: A “Will You Marry Me” what? Salt and Pepper shaker set? Clown hat? Duck-billed platypus? My point is it could be anything given the fact that a very important word is missing here (at least they got it right in the headline.) In the next paragraph a period is missing. Is it just me or don’t sentences need punctuation? The last mistake is the caption under a picture of the Coast Guard logo and a life preserver. While they sound like tags they’re not because they don’t link to anything. And if they were tags they don’t belong under a picture. Instead it’s just a babbling line of copy.