Wednesday, July 20, 2005

As Predicted...

The O corrected its embarrassing mistake of reporter Anna Griffin's name on page two.

It called it a misspelling. It was bigger than that.

It's like the poster who told us about being at a company function and someone coming up to him and saying "do you still work here?".

I think we expect better of our co-workers - especially those of us who believe in fact checking.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "do you still work here?" line was stolen from E.P. Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live.

I used it at KOIN a few times with Kim Sherwood.

It can be funny, with the right person at the right time.

Example: Using it with FBI gal Beth Anne Steele.

Not funny.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason a lot of papers nowadays are chock-full of such minor but aggravating typos and factual errors is that the so-called "copy editors" are being forced to spend most of their time designing pages rather than reading the copy carefully. I don't know how or when this trend of combining the two jobs got started but to me there's nothing that better illustrates the style-over-substance ethos of today's media.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 1:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you who believe in fact checking, as you put it so sanctimoniously, might want to check your own facts. The "Tim Jewitt" you mention in the Tribune thread is actually spelled "Jewett."

Do you call that a misspelling? Or is it bigger than that?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please fill us in on your cryptic back story.
What made this more than a mere typo?

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:20:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Corrected and admonished. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 10:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At The O, which is a nicely staffed paper, copy editors and designers are separate.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

since when do print and tv journalists consider each other "co-workers"? mistakes are mistakes, but the idea that a newspaper would be especially careful with TV reporters isn't reality based. would TV give print some kind of special consideration? i don't think so.

Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:27:00 AM  
Anonymous decaf said...

Ok, we're still waiting to hear why it's bigger than a misspelling. Are you suggesting an active antipathy across the wall that divides news from editorial at The O? An editorial writer whose favorite parking space Anna Griffin stole?

Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:52:00 AM  
Anonymous decaf said...

Oh, and is misspelling Anna Griffin more or less fraught with significance than misspelling Erik Sten or Bernie Giusto?

Saturday, July 23, 2005 3:54:00 AM  

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