Media

Grizzly Errors

When journalists try to report the news, words frequently get in the way -- and a web page entitled "I Read the News Today Oh Boy!" offers proof. It hasn't been updated for a while (the most recent entry is from 2006), but the linguistic gaffes generated by a slew of local newspapers, including this one, are as fresh as the day they were made.

Examples? How about a July 2006 Colorado Daily headline reading "Corrupt Politicians Rouse Voter Apathy"? Or a November 2005 Boulder Daily Camera banner that declared "Soldier Who Died in Colo. Springs was in Iraq"? (Must have had a split personality.) But these entries are topped by a September 2005 letter in the Camera that declares, "As if being mauled to death is not punishment enough, Saunders gives Treadwell a good posthumous bashing by stating 'stupidity kills' in reference to his tragic and grizzly death."

As the site's author notes, "I'll bet it was a grisly bear." -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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