Headlines: Rolled Eyes Edition

Tuesday, March 6, 2007
In which the New York Daily News has a hard time with what constitutes news and with what constitutes a significant sample: "And, like all eight of the students we polled, she thinks most teens will eventually leave behind overpraising parents and celebrity obsessions - and grow up."

In which talk show hosts try really really hard to get Tony Snow to put his foot in his mouth, but all he does is tell us he used to be perfect : MR. SAGAL: No? Your knowledge was formerly perfect? MR. SNOW: It was formerly perfect. Now, it’s sometimes imperfect.

In which using SAT words in the lede is the only way to write the story: Billy Dorminy was perspicuous, talking about poecilonyms on television, and there was nothing pusillanimous about the way he did it.

UPDATE 03/09 2:12 a.m. This correction on the above article made me laugh:
"Correction: March 8, 2007 An article on Tuesday about the National Vocabulary Championship for high school students misspelled a word described as one of several that the students would likely know. It is nidicolous, not nidicoulous. (For those of us not in the know, it means: remaining in the nest for some time after hatching, as some birds; or living in the nest of another species.)"

Of course there was real news today, like Scooter Libby found guilty of lying to everyone you are supposed to tell the truth to, but the ridiculous stuff is so much more fun. By the by, I am curious how a man gets everyone to call him "Scooter". It, like perjury, strikes me as a bad career move.

1 Response to 'Headlines: Rolled Eyes Edition'

  1. Anonymous said...
    http://writtenpyramids.blogspot.com/2007/03/headlines-two-rolled-eyes-edition.html?showComment=1173246000000#c4963924126888806768'> March 7, 2007 at 12:40 AM

    One would argue that being called "Scooter" is a worse career move than perjury.


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