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State of the Newspaper

New evidence is in this morning, suggesting that America’s newspapers are  being edited by a dedicated crew of chimps.  Today’s schpla-BAM comes from the once illustrious WSJ.  No more.  The modestly well paid staff can’t even get out of the top story’s third paragraph before tripping over the delete key.  

The story, “House Attacks Fed, Treasury,” begins to build a head of steam and move out of the rail yard, but then the brakes lock with this sentence:  “The vote was the latest blow to the central bank, which has been become a lightning rod for politicians responding to popular anger that Wall Street was bailed out while the public wasn’t.”

The last time I checked, “has been become” wasn’t standard or common usage.

Maybe it has been become accepted slang in the WSJ newsroom.  On the other hand, maybe someone at the editing desk should been become fired.  Staffers who care about language could roll up back issues into a likeness of the offending wannabe editor, soak it in oil and burn it in effigy on an altar consecrated to Clarence Barron.

Seriously, folks, this is a sign of the times.  I realize that literacy rates are dropping, but shouldn’t simple copy editing skills be a prerequisite for getting a job with the largest newspaper in the U.S.?

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    Hi Jim,

    your place looks swell. I was going to let you know that this other place in my neighborhood is up for rent, but you seem to be already situated.

    regards to your family and very best wishes

  • jgarlits January 22, 2010, 10:41 am

    Crystal! Good to hear from you. Yes, we decided to look for a place close to where I was renting a room from a nice Realtor lady right off Fort Hunt Rd. We’re all settled in now, having found a gorgeous converted brick ranch with a full basement and bonus upstairs with two dormer bedrooms and it’s own bath.

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