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: Dark Money review: Nazi oil, the Koch brothers and a rightwing revolution
The mistake: Next, the right turned its sights on American campuses. John M Olin founded the Olin Foudation, and spent nearly $200m promoting “free-market ideology and other conservative ideas on the country’s campuses”.
The Copy Vigilante says: You’d think a news-gathering organization that’s been around since 1821 (the Guardian was founded as the Manchester Guardian that year) would know how to spell a simple word like “foundation” properly but no, apparently their foundation isn’t based on sound spelling or editing practices.
Here are some of the Copy Vigilante’s favorite books: Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins – Death on the Black Sea: The Untold Story of the ‘Struma’ and World War II’s Holocaust at Sea, Erik Larson – In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin and Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.
The story: Will source of Whitney Houston’s cocaine be revealed? (msnbc.com 3-26-12)
The mistake: “She also referred to him as a “runner boy,” meaning he bought cocain and supplied it to Houston.”
The Copy Vigilante says: The word “cocaine” appears five times in this story, including the headline. It’s not a terribly difficult word to spell but msnbc.com missed the silent ‘e’ in the above sentence. Sigh, another misspelled word in a major news story. Ugly.
The story: NY Giants playoff rewind: A look back at Big Blue’s three Super Bowls (NYDailyNews.com 2-6-12)
The mistake: “Jan. 7, 2001, NFC Divisional Round – Giants 20, Eagles 10: Jason Sehorn breaks open the game when he goes down low for a Donovan McNabb pass, tips it up, rolls over, grabs the ball, survives a collision with a teammated and runs it back 32 yards for a demoralizing (for Philly) touchdown.”
The Copy Vigilante says: This copy appeared as a caption next to a photo. Captions are easy to proofread. They’re not terribly huge blocks of copy and sit all by themselves near photos. So why is the word teammate spelled wrong?!
The story: American Way
The mistake: “Proof Reader”
The Copy Vigilante says: The irony is brutal. It’s probably the epitome of irony. These morons actually misspelled the word proofreader, and on their masthead no less!
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!
The story: Devils top Flyers 4-3 in shootout (nhl.com 11-3-11)
The mistakes: “Parise said he and Kovalchuk have tried to make it as easy as possible in Henrique.”
“He’s a good player,” Parise aid.
The Copy Vigilante says: I think a hockey puck must have hit the editor who worked on this story in the head not once but twice! There are two mistakes two sentences in a row. With the first sentence the “in” should be a “for”. And below that, Parise didn’t “aid” anybody, he said something.
The story: Stuntman killed on set of ‘Expendables 2’ (today.msnbc.msn.com 10-28-11)
The mistakes: “His is reportedly unconscious but in stable condition after undergoing a five-hour operation.”
“MORE: Sylvester Stallon and His ‘Expendables’ Bring Manly Men to Comic-Con”
The Copy Vigilante says: There are two big mistakes here. “His is reportedly…” Huh? What? Does anybody check this stuff before it goes online? And in a highlighted blurb/link they actually spelled Rocky’s name wrong. Rocky, people, come on now! He was the underdog everybody cheered for who later became the ass-kickin’ Rambo. Let’s just hope he doesn’t see this horrible editing mistake and decide to take some revenge on the copy desk!