The boss is shaken by all the terrible touts | Local News
Many immortal reporters, from war correspondent Homer Bigart to police hit specialist Edna Buchanan, have had the same advice.
“Never trust an editor,” they said.
They weren’t kidding. I can only imagine what the big guys have said about the owners who have hired the editors.
Bigart and the others, for all their laser knowledge, didn’t always get it right.
Top management has its moments. This is one of them – the story of an attempt to encourage new voices and save the language from murderous repetition. Here is the backdrop:
I wrote a column last year on “unprecedented” being the most overworked word in America.
Journalists appeared to be using unprecedented for any old distancing program to stop the spread of COVID-19. Every relief package approved by Congress or a state legislature has received the same tired treatment.
The times were terrible. Yet call them an unprecedented challenged story. The 1918 influenza pandemic killed at least 50 million people worldwide and an estimated 675,000 in the United States.
Robin Martin, owner of the New mexican, sent me a note on the column and the decline of the language. It had nothing to do with unprecedented statements.
“The words that drive me crazy are ‘everything’ and ‘stunning’,” Martin wrote. “I know these are easy headlines, but they wear out.”
She was talking about something about the destruction of our mother tongue. Neither I nor a thousand publishers across the country had noticed what Martin had done. Namely, boosters and rubbery leg kills are everywhere.
Schedules of the four cities: “The White Sox have been touted as contenders for the World Series, but are still trying to break the 0.500 mark. “
Tampa Bay Times: “A World Health Organization panel has officially advised against the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-inflammatory drug previously touted by the Trump administration, for patients infected with COVID-19. “
Associated Press: “Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, who like all Republicans voted against the bill, touted his $ 29 billion for the struggling restaurant industry.
Bloomberg News: “The Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank was touted as the world’s first digital commercial bank.
Santa Fe New Mexican: “Rep. Albuquerque Democrats Moe Maestas and Javier Martínez have once again touted the measure’s potential to change the future of our state’s children.
Los Angeles Times: “President Biden highlighted the doubling of his original goal of administering 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days, and he touted the $ 1.9 trillion US bailout he adopted in March.”
Asbury Park Press: “Biden might want to listen to the voices of Main Street in Paterson, a 9 square mile modern urban hardship area once touted by Alexander Hamilton as an industrial dream landscape. “
Hamilton, who died after a pistol duel in 1804, has he fallen for dream landscapes? Who knew?
If shameless politicians didn’t fill the news gap, stumbles were.
Barron: “As Bitcoin crashes, Coinbase and other cryptocurrency exchanges are in shock.”
WSVN, Virtual Channel 7, Miami: “People are in shock at a video of a man throwing a shark into the air from a fishing pier, but it did not land in the water. “
Los Angeles Times: “With the global economy reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, turning away from coal and other fossil fuels could become more difficult. “
Associated Press: “A Lutheran church in New York already reeling from the deaths of more than 60 congregation members from COVID-19 has suffered further trauma. “
Tallahassee Democrat: “Women’s affairs leave the family shaken. “
All of these examples are from the last five months. Thousands more were accessible through an IT service that supplies subscribers with hundreds of newspapers.
The list of other used words and phrases could fill books, and it does.
White House attorney John Dean gave us “at that time” in 1973. The phrase still tortures the tongue.
“Thrown Under the Bus” appears in reports almost every day.
“In the wake of” spoils the words. It seems to have supplanted the concise “after”.
“You know” infects interviews with baseball clubs on the Capitol Steps.
All of them are unnecessary, which is why they should be a priority.
And now, like the boss, I’m shaken by all the terrible touts.
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