I love to watch the news. These days, it seems that there is always something interesting happening somewhere in the world, and, with the 24/7 news channels, there is always someone there reporting whatever is happening.
I also love to read the news on the internet. When I read a story that I find interesting, I usually check it against several other sources, and eventually look at some of the popular blog sites (such as Hotair.com) to make sure I get the complete story.
I have been noticing something lately that bothers me, and tonight, I saw something on a “news” website that inspired me to write this article. Spelling and grammar errors are very common on most news websites. I guess the when they did away with paper news, they also retired all of the editors. If a news story is wrong on a basic English level, can we be expected to trust it’s content?
This evening, I read a news article that referenced its sources. Normally, news articles are not sourced, and that is fine with me (protection of the sources, and laws, and all that), but, for some reason, they decided that they should provide a reference…. and this reference was, believe it or not, Wikipedia. Yelp, the fake encyclopaedia that ANYONE can go into and change data and facts – no password or credentials required.
You know, if they had an internet editor, he or she may have given the author one of those old fashioned smacks to the head and had them redo it to meet an acceptable standard.
Well, I guess this is what we have now in this modern world of instant information and convenience. I never did like read paper newspapers, although, every now and then I will pick one up to browse just to admire the proper use of the English language.
As for watching the new live, well, nothing beats a good car chase….