Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another Swing and a Miss at the Huffington Post

I've reached the point where I can only assume that the Huffington Post is deliberately misstating the facts of stories. It happens too often, when the stories are clear, for it to be an error.

I guess this is a case of wanting to grab eyeballs instead of reporting accurately. Eventually, that lack of accuracy catches up with an operation; if you poke around the Web, you'll see a lot of criticism of HuffPost headlines. I've simply reached the point where I don't believe the headlines until I've seen the story.

Here's today's latest:

Ben Nelson Now Says Health Care
Reform Was 'Mistake'
No. He didn't. It wouldn't make sense. What he said was that making health care the priority in 2009 was a mistake. Here's the story:

Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to take on massive health care reforms in 2009, and suggested efforts would have been better spent addressing the economy.

This was an easy one. Move the "now" which is superfluous anyway, over after "reform" to indicate a time element. Write, "Ben Nelson Says Jobs, Not Health Care, Was Bigger Priority"

Or any number of other choices.

Please, HuffPost, hire some copy editors. It's not as if they're not available. You could start by looking here:
New York Times News Service

Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Media General

La Palma

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