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Title: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 07, 2017, 11:17:20 AM
...........(according to today's Record):


Title: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 07, 2017, 11:52:17 AM
Things appear to be a bit jumbled in Woodland Park today.

Speaking of jumbled.............today's Jumble puzzle and today's Jumble answer are unrelated (the dates in the cartoon and the answer match).

Maybe I should start a thread called "Eyes on The Record".   ;)


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: itsamike on August 07, 2017, 06:36:08 PM
Isn't that why The Sasson Report was invented?

 http://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/ (http://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 07, 2017, 10:10:40 PM
No - that's why his previous "EYE on The Record" was "invented".

Mine would have EYES.............one of them winked in my previous post.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: itsamike on August 07, 2017, 11:05:56 PM
Gotcha!  ;D
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: vsasson on August 16, 2017, 11:10:09 AM
I like it -- Victor Sasson, editor of Eye on The Record.
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 16, 2017, 01:00:00 PM
You won't like this:

Mini-headline on today's front page (this is acceptable English?):


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: johnny g on August 17, 2017, 08:04:42 AM
A familiar activity? You mean that annoying thing that happens in the winter time? Isn't it supposed to be sunny and 70 all winter? How dare it snow?
Amazing how times have changed, not to mention sloppy grammar  :o
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 17, 2017, 11:03:07 AM
Things have gotten particularly sloppy in the sports section, where you can usually find a couple of errors nearly every day. This didn't happen before and I don't think it's the writers' fault because they were with the paper way before the changeover, when this was not a problem.

From today's paper (Pages 1S and 2S):


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 18, 2017, 12:50:53 PM
Today's score: Sports -3.5
                      Local: -1


SPORTS

1. In the photo, the running back catches the pass. Although that completes the play, pass completion is a quarterback statistic. A receiver is never said to "complete a pass". He can have catches and receptions (or drops), but a complete or incomplete pass is credited or charged to a quarterback.

2. "Strata" is the plural of "stratum". "...a different strata" is like saying "...a bad mistakes".

3. It's kind of obvious what the problem is here (I hope).

4. (not shown) The -0.5 comes from an article where a player is referring to a coach's criticism. What's written has the player supposedly saying, "Of course, he'll be extra crucial of me because he expects a lot". "Critical" would be the better word (maybe he actually did say it), but there are instances where - mistakenly or not - the words have been used interchangeably.


LOCAL

5. An article about the upcoming solar eclipse appears to be unsure about when the event will take place. Why couldn't it simply say "...just three days away"?


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 21, 2017, 11:57:30 AM
Heed me, need me!

From today's Record, Pg 9S:

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 22, 2017, 11:59:59 AM
From today's Record, pages 7S and 8S:

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 23, 2017, 10:29:59 AM
Today's Record, pg. 5S: "one" is MIA.

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: Homer Jones on August 23, 2017, 01:34:03 PM
The proofreading is worse than the team and that ain't easy.
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 29, 2017, 11:27:17 AM
I wonder if a proofreading position still exists after the new owners took over.


New words to learn today!

Any idea what they mean? (no peeking ahead!)

"WEEJS"

"SPRINED"

They can be found in today's sports section of The Record. For some reason, it seems that the sports section gets to provide most - but not all - of these fun learning experiences.

Thankfully, context will translate.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 30, 2017, 12:40:00 PM
Today's error: a little sloppy, but not difficult to figure out..............except that you shouldn't have to be figuring out what a newspaper is saying.


And why, in TODAY'S (Wednesday) paper, about TODAY'S (Wednesday) Stadium gate opening, doesn't it say "Today, Yankee Stadium's gates..." instead of "On Wednesday..."? (What - next Wednesday?")
It used to be that when you opened up a newspaper and it was referring to something that was happening on the same day as the paper's date, it always said "today".

I understand that the information may have been written and immediately placed online when it was received - probably last night - and was technically correct LAST NIGHT, but not correcting these things for print AND online editions after midnight makes both editions look very stale on Wednesday.

A little sloppy AND a little lazy?


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on August 31, 2017, 11:50:30 AM
1. Continuing the "Future is Today" theme: Read the first sentence in the first image. Sounds like that game will take place sometime in the future, right? Then check the date of the paper. The game is TODAY (actually, tonight). Wouldn't it eliminate all possible confusion by writing, "The Jets host the Eagles in their preseason finale tonight at MetLife Stadium."?

2. Here's a new one: this is how part of the "Transactions" space appeared in print today (it was OK online). Did you know that the Oakland Raiders have a wide receiver named "erts"?


Click to enlarge.



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 01, 2017, 02:00:00 PM
Two for one today in an article about the Mets' Jacob DeGrom.........

The first one is pretty obvious and the second one alters the name of a Florida team.

Lastly, it's another really stale-sounding article. Read what's within the red quotation marks - definitely upcoming-sounding, right? - and then look at the publication day/date.

The game was last night.
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 03, 2017, 11:44:00 AM
That poor women!


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 05, 2017, 03:30:01 PM
So after taking Labor Day off, the Sports section gremlin was back in full force today. All errors are between the red quotation marks:

1. This would make sense if it said, "Rebounding from a three-game sweep by the Indians...".

2. This has two errors, but the first one is correct in the newspaper, where the two words are hyphenated, with the second word being on the next line. But omitting the hyphen online IS a screw-up. I don't know what happened to the word "Trenton"..........it's OK online and in the paper. "Aaron Hicks' absence..." somehow added an "r" to the next word.

3. "20 homer" sounds like an attainable level in a Simpsons beer-drinking video game.

4. This also has two errors............well, OK - one and-a-half errors -  in it. "(Green)" means that Girardi actually used another word - probably the pronoun "him" - when he was speaking and the writer made sure you knew to whom Girardi was referring, but the next word ("was") kinda kills whatever sense this sentence could have made. "swing-andmisses" suffers online (but not in the paper) from the same "missing-hyphen/partially on the next line" problem I described in #2.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 06, 2017, 01:33:32 PM
Today's problems involve omission and pluralization, in that order.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 07, 2017, 01:47:01 PM
In today's Record: Baseball and a bikes on a bridge:

1. (Ignoring the 6 missing hyphens and the one missing comma) When Orioles' manager Buck Showalter calls for pitcher Zach Britton, he is SUMMONING his closer - not SUMMING him.

2. Of the two states that the George Washington Bridge connects, the caption for this picture mentions the wrong one. Did anyone even bother to look at the picture? (and it's a WALKWAY - not a bike path, though bikes are allowed to use it)


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 08, 2017, 12:37:36 PM
".........and when his car broke down, he called a two truck."


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: Homer Jones on September 08, 2017, 01:20:09 PM
They have the letters correct; but, only two are in the wrong order. Seems like an improvement.
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 08, 2017, 02:22:30 PM
WOT?

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 09, 2017, 01:21:30 PM
"...we're play each day..."?


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 10, 2017, 11:30:00 AM
1. Fairly obvious

2. First of all, neither "passer bye" nor "passer byes" makes any sense. The word is "passerby" (singular) and "passersby" (plural) - NEVER "passerbys". It's like the plural of "mother-in-law" or "attorney-general" - "mothers-in-law", "attorneys-general".


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 11, 2017, 01:08:41 PM
Jets' coach Todd Bowles had already been identified in the article and had been referred to as "Bowles" two paragraphs earlier.

For some reason, someone added a "The" before "Bowles" name here.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 14, 2017, 01:45:00 PM
1. The county's biggest paper can't spell "Bergen"?

2. The fourth word ("want") is incorrect, although it certainly sounds like the right word, which is actually an old-fashioned word: "wont" (not "won't"). Google "as is his wont" to verify.

It's also a word that probably gets auto-corrected a lot. In any event, "want" is incorrect.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 15, 2017, 01:23:36 PM
Two problems on the same page:

1. That last semi-sentence is missing "to return" and "Braves".

2. Obvious


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 16, 2017, 11:08:21 AM
Today's crop of problem children includes a small one on the Business page and a boatload of doozies on one Sports page:

1. What kind of tax rate?

2. "Mets Notes" squared and a sandwich of two images

3. A red heading in an unusual place

4, 5. Two more double-image sandwiches, with one of the pictures sitting in two separate articles


Nice to see they're making an effort to fix things.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 18, 2017, 01:16:38 PM
1, 2. Two "is" problems: the first isn't needed and the second one is missing an "h".

3. This is in today's (Monday's) paper, but it was clearly written for yesterday's paper: "today's game" was played yesterday and "Monday's festivities" are tonight. Stale news.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 19, 2017, 02:00:03 PM
This is REALLY screwy!

Two different problems popped up in print and online today: connecting stories from a main page to their conclusion on another page and maintaining the same content between print and online editions. And - surprise, surprise - they happened in today's Sports section.

Let's start with the Yankees article: the print and online editions both start the same on page 1S. The second image shows the correct continuation of the split sentence/word online on page 6S, while the third image shows that the rest of the 1S sentence has vanished in the print edition on 6S. In addition, the first four words in the 6S print edition are the last four words of the second 6S paragraph in the online version. If that's not bad enough, the third online 6S paragraph has been omitted in the print edition on 6S. After that point, they're the same.

As for the Giants story, the same beginning pattern emerges: both editions are identical on page 1S and the second image shows the correct continuation of the split sentence/word online on page 3S, but the third image shows that the print edition not only is missing the rest of the split sentence from 1S, but the entire rest of the story is completely different from the online version, which discusses what happened at certain points in the game, while the print edition discusses individual team members.

So much for the supposedly-identical online edition that print subscribers get access to...


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 20, 2017, 01:12:35 PM
My 3,000th post!

1. Should read, "arrived in Miami"

2. Probably should read, "...I could tell during the season that my muscles probably weren't going to be able to keep up". This might also work: "...probably weren't able to keep up". Either one makes a lot more sense that what was printed.

3. It's as plan as the nose on your face that this is just plain wrong.

4. On September 7, I posted The Record's (mis)use of this same picture and caption in a different article. Still, no one there has even bothered to actually look at the picture and notice the obvious error in direction. I'll bet it happens again.

5. Read the quote from Paterson's historical preservation director. Hamilton faces the falls and if people want to take selfies with the statue and have the falls in the background, they'd be taking pictures of Hamilton's back. That might also be a pretty good reason to kill the plan.

6. Lastly, I give you something that's not really an error, but maybe could be worded differently. Until then, let's all say a prayer for this unfortunate individual who gets hit with this every 40 seconds.



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 21, 2017, 01:30:00 PM
And the sports section keeps bumbling along...........


1. Happy last day of summer!

To commemorate the occasion, The Record used a very stale suggestion today in the below caption. Hurry! There are only a few hours left!


2. This story is about a very unfortunate incident that occurred at Yankee Stadium yesterday, where a 2 year-old girl was hit in the face by a 100+mph line-drive foul ball. The latest I heard is that she's OK, but no real details were provided. Subject matter aside, read the two paragraphs marked with a red X and then the two marked with a red O. Filler? The small red underline shows a new word that causes confusion by adding an "H" for some odd reason.


3. Talk about stale! Since today is Thursday, this sounds like it's about a game next Wednesday, but it's actually about the game that the Yankees won yesterday afternoon...............not late last night - yesterday afternoon.


4. Why is there a comma in this sentence when "and" is already there?



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 22, 2017, 12:17:38 PM
1. Obvious (but I circled it anyway)

2. What's with those 3 words with no punctuation between the two paragraphs? It's supposed to be one of those mini-headlines in boldface that has spaces above and below to introduce a new subject within an article...............but somebody forgot to do all that. It just looks like sloppiness.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 23, 2017, 12:00:00 PM
1. Space limitations require that newspapers sometimes have to split words and continue them on the next line and the proper way to do that is to make the split between syllables.

It's quite sloppy-looking (and somewhat ignorant) when papers just split words anywhere they feel like it, but this goes beyond that. What would be the reason for splitting the unsplittable word, "ALL"?

As the second sentence shows, there's enough room in the top line to include the ridiculously-split word AND the next word.


2. Obvious


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 24, 2017, 03:07:01 PM
1. If that second "single" was in parentheses, it might work if the story was about marital statuses. Unfortunately............

2.  "view son"? Misplaced space.

3. The problem with this is that it's a quote...........did the guy actually say "collect" instead of "collected"? I'm betting he didn't.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day - MAJOR ERROR
Post by: BLeafe on September 25, 2017, 03:59:59 PM
There are other errors in the sports section today, but there's one unforgivable MAJOR flub that overshadows everything else.

ADDING INSULT TO INJURY:

Attention City Council, HHS football coach Wimberly, players, parents, and all residents:

How does this stupidity happen?



Click to enrage enlarge:



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 26, 2017, 01:42:06 PM
1. On the front page of today's Local section of the newspaper's print edition, there's an article about a proposed new road through FDU-Teaneck. You can see that it is to be continued on page 3L.

When you get to 3L, there's no story anywhere about an FDU road on that page or anywhere else. There is a continuation from 1L of a story about flags, but there's no story about flags on 1L, so we have the beginning of one story and the end of another with the missing pieces nowhere to be found..................except if you read the online edition instead of print.

There on 3L is the continuation of the FDU road story, right where the end of the flags story is in the print edition. The online edition has NO story anywhere in that section about flags.


2,3. On to the daily problem child - the Sports section, where we find a supposed quote from Jets head coach Todd Bowles and one from the Yankees Gary Sanchez.

The first problem should be obvious. In the second one, did someone actually see "your" coming out of Gary's mouth instead of the correct "you're"? I don't think so.



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 27, 2017, 01:51:32 PM
1. The Record acknowledged the incomplete FDU/new road story that ran in yesterday's paper and printed the full story today. Still no sign, however, of the flags story.

2. When a sports photo's caption mentions a player in the photo that also shows other players, it usually uses a photo where that player's number is visible and mentions the number in the caption to distinguish that player from the others. The problem here is that there are no other players in this photo of Aaron Judge, so what's the point of including the number in the caption? To ID his batting helmet?

3. Lately, most of the captions are as dull as dishwater and not always accurate. This photo shows two players just standing around - one with a basketball tucked under her arm, but according to the caption, they're warming up. Unless the gym's thermostat suddenly went haywire, I don't see how that could be occurring at the moment shown.

The dullest generic caption occurs when more than one person is shown. The first person is mentioned and it always says that the second person "looks on" - a meaningless/useless phrase that shows not a drop of thought or imagination. They've used it quite a bit lately.............let's see how long it takes before that little gem pops up again (remember a Beatles' song called, "It Won't Be Long"?).


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 28, 2017, 04:30:02 PM
Two in one article today in consecutive paragraphs:

1. "Marrone quit as Bills COACH after..."

2. Another unnecessary comma because "and" is already there (IN BOTH!).


Fortunately, I don't even read the whole sports section.............baseball and football, some basketball and maybe a little local, but that's usually it.



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on September 29, 2017, 01:05:00 PM
1. There are a pair of twins in the NFL who play for different teams: Devin and Jason McCourty. During the course of a single sentence, the paper spelled Devin's last name correctly, but not Jason's. The worst part is that - in print and online - one surname is right on top of the other, making it super-easy to spot the mistake..............if anyone there was paying attention.

2. "exercises"?



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 02, 2017, 02:00:29 PM
1a. The word should be "found". Everything else in the sentence is past tense, so this has to be too.

1b. This is something that I found in the online version, but not in the print edition (my computer did the squiggly underline). It's only missing 8 spaces.

2. There's a "he" missing after the comma.

3. "...he announced shortly."? It probably should read "...he announced shortly after the game."

4. This is a two-parter. Robin Ventura's name was misspelled in the first part, but is OK in the second, which is odd because the same writer wrote both articles. As you read the paper, the correct one came first and I know that the writer knows how to spell Robin's name. Auto-correct and nobody checked?

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 03, 2017, 02:17:57 PM
1. In a larger context, maybe managing at the major league level IS all about beer.

2. What exactly is Aaron Judge practicing in this picture? Walking away from the batting cage? Another empty caption.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 04, 2017, 03:00:01 PM
Handicapping today's repeating offerings:

1. We begin with a writer who I know is not synonym-handicapped. So how did this unfortunate pile-on happen?

2. The actual quote from you-know-who: "Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico — and that's fine; we've saved a lot of lives."

The double-"whack" job quote from USA Today and published by The Record is below.




Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 05, 2017, 01:35:38 PM
1.
The dullest generic caption occurs when more than one person is shown. The first person is mentioned and it always says that the second person "looks on" - a meaningless/useless phrase that shows not a drop of thought or imagination. They've used it quite a bit lately.............let's see how long it takes before that little gem pops up again (remember a Beatles' song called, "It Won't Be Long"?).

It took 8 days.............longer than I thought. (Click this one to enlarge)


2. Anyone who's aware of Yankee starter Luis Severino's first-inning meltdown two nights ago against the Twins knows that the "as" before his name should be "ask".


3. I'm not sure that the last five words are totally incorrect because I don't recall the play, but at first reading, a "dash home from first base" brings to mind Wrong-Way Corrigan. The word "dash" implies a quick burst over a short distance, like from first base 90' directly to home - something you'd get benched for. It's possible the play actually involved Harper running around all the bases from first to home, but the writing should be clearer, if that's the case.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 07, 2017, 12:00:00 PM
1. Aside from the fact that "well-said" and "well-put" require hyphens, does the "...well said and well put..." comment mean that it should be printed twice? And just look at the "sentence" that follows:

"I JUST IT SOMETHING WE CAN MOVE FORWARD  ..  AND START AGAIN."

I'm not even sure how many words are missing from it or what "double-space, double periods, double space" means.


These two are just really dopey:

2. "3-for-27" is not a batting average. ".111" would be a batting average (and the correct one).

3. This series is a best-of five, meaning that it takes a minimum of 3 games to win the series. Sunday's game will be Game 3, so OF COURSE it's necessary.

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 08, 2017, 11:17:11 AM
This was an article on the front page of the local section of today's Record about yesterday's Meadowlands Birding Festival. The writer mentions that "about 1,000 people" attended and he interviewed Bergen County Audubon Society President Don Torino. His opening paragraph identifies "Egrets, greater yellowlegs, pintail ducks and a pelican were among the winged species spotted in DeKorte Park...".

So why do the captions on the accompanying photos offer nothing more in the way of identification than "a bird"?

Not very informative...

And where the flock are all these "people" who are mentioned in the captions? A caption is meant to identify what is shown in the picture.

Do you see "many people" ID-ing birds or flocking around?

More sloppy captioning...


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 09, 2017, 12:52:58 PM
One odd word, one missing word and two extra words:

1. What is a "huge" fly ball? As far as I know, they're all the same size. "Calculated how room he had..."? Can I buy a "much"?

2. Can I sell an "and" and an "a"? Maybe I could trade them for that missing "much".

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: vsasson on October 10, 2017, 01:30:51 PM
Local news takes a holiday:

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2017/10/decline-of-once-great-local-newspaper.html (https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2017/10/decline-of-once-great-local-newspaper.html)
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 10, 2017, 03:47:57 PM
MAJOR mess today, plus one small one left over from yesterday.

Yesterday:

1. The front page of the sports section had two articles trumpeting the fact that the Yankees won Game 3 and avoided being swept. On to Game 4...............

2. ...........well, hold up on that. Page 2S didn't get the news and still says "if necessary" regarding last night's Game 4. I wonder if they'll do the same stupid thing regarding Game 5.


Today:

3. Same as #1, except change 3 to 4 and 4 to 5.

4. Same as #2 (You had to ask?). Page 1S lets you know that there's a  DEFINITE Game 5, while 2S doubts its necessity.

(5,6,7 - more contradicting uncertainty):

5. Page 3S claims that there's no indication about the severity of Brandon Marshall's injury or his possible return.

6. Maybe Page 3S should read Page 4S' headline..........

7. ........but wait - in the article with that headline, uncertainly rears its ugly (and not too bright) head yet again! And Sterling Shepard has the least severe what? Yeah - I know the answer, but you're supposed to actually write it in the paper. Sheesh!

8. Compared to everything else, this is relatively minor, but there are two unnecessary commas preceding an "and" in one paragraph (Pssst! "And" negates the need for a comma in these situations............it's redundant).

9. Problem with plurals.............plus, it's followed by another unnecessary comma ("or" negates the need for the comma).

10. When writers want to make quotes clearer, they insert the correct (or missing) word where it belongs in parentheses. It's hard to decipher what Luis Severino actually said, but it's made worse when a writer puts in the wrong word. You don't "give the extra mile" (no effort implied there).............you "go the extra mile" (THAT'S extra effort). And "mile" is in parentheses - what could it possibly be replacing?

Maybe the Sports Section should be renamed the Puzzle Section. What a mess!

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 11, 2017, 12:42:37 PM
1. "...AS it was."

2. Double error in the same place: in the print edition, "the" is missing before the word "notion". In the online edition, both "the" AND "notion" are missing.

3. "...is moving"? Moved. "Starting this week..."? It started last week. Should we take bets on whether or not they'll print the same thing next week?

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 12, 2017, 01:14:57 PM
1. Egad! Even the editorial page isn't immune.

2. New word: "hoered"

3. Missing word" "one"

4,5. It's bad enough when an entire quote is essentially repeated immediately following the same quote, but the repeat quotes are slightly re-written. Is this to fill space and maybe no one will notice?
By the way -  these same, nearly-identical double errors came from two different articles on the same page...........and both were written by the same, highly-respected writer (who I doubt made the errors).



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 14, 2017, 01:45:26 PM
1. We all know what photo captions are, right? And most of us are aware that they belong as close as possible to the photo they're describing. For many photo captions lately, someone at The Record disagrees.

On the front page of today's sports section, the lead photo is a large shot taken at last night's Yankees/Astros ALCS Game 1. Its caption is placed below a lot of writing from two stories, the ACLS schedule and some large, bold-faced statistics. It's over 3 inches from the photo that it's desperately trying to describe, but less than 1.5 inches from a hockey game photo.


2. Speaking of captions,

1.
The dullest generic caption occurs when more than one person is shown. The first person is mentioned and it always says that the second person "looks on" - a meaningless/useless phrase that shows not a drop of thought or imagination. They've used it quite a bit lately.............let's see how long it takes before that little gem pops up again (remember a Beatles' song called, "It Won't Be Long"?).

It took 8 days.............longer than I thought.

Nine days later, they doubled up on the vapid vacuity (redundancy intentional) in two articles ON THE SAME PAGE, with one story on top of the other:

a. Without mentioning any other people in the picture (it could have simply stated that the two managers were meeting with the umpiring crew, it just says that the managers "looked on". That's it? Looked on what? Usually, that idiotic phrase is used after some other person or action is mentioned.

b. This time, it's only one manager who.......... all together now............"looks on".  The caption claims that this occurred during batting practice - and maybe it did - but it's just a shot of the manager. There's not a speck of batting practice imagery to be seen in it.

These are both empty-headed, say-nothing captions.

So, until next time............


3. Can we all agree that relief pitchers follow starters in a baseball game? That's super-basic stuff, but this caption says that manager Joe Girardi is doing the relieving.

Strange thing for a former catcher to do.

For the record (and for The Record)..........Chad Green relieved Severino.


4. Somebody needs a reminder to not leave out any words.


 
Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 15, 2017, 12:59:59 PM
Wow - contributions from 3 different sections!

1. "its"

2. "it's"

3. Geez - they spelled it correctly in the same sentence just 6 words prior............

4. Corrected below

5. "Severino" + a different correction below

6. "ala" is not a word. "a la" is the common use, but "à la" is the technically correct use.

7. One addition and one subtraction (below)

8. Where are Ahmad and Reham? Why was it important to give the ages of people who aren't shown?





Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 16, 2017, 02:00:00 PM
Things started out interestingly in the sports section and then quickly went downhill.

They used an eye-catching, one-word headline in the print edition that anyone who watched the Jets game yesterday would understand immediately. In very bold letters, it says "ROBBED.", with the top half of the letters in black (and outside the picture) and the bottom half of the letters in white and inside the picture.

Online, there are actually two versions: one copies all the pages of the print edition, looking just like the newspaper (online print) and another that's basically one long column of nice, solid-looking print (online straight). Sometimes, I show one version and sometimes another.

When it comes to this particular picture, I'm showing all 3, since they're all quite different.

1. The two-tone print edition, as described above

2. The online version of the supposed exact copy of the print edition made the letters 100% black.

3. The online straight version showed only what was within the borders of the picture: the bottom halves of the white letters, including slivers of the black top halves - rather bizarre-looking.

One other problem: why is there a period after the word? Periods end sentences and this isn't a sentence. It would be a different story if the headline said "WE WUZ ROBBED."............but it doesn't.



4. The 0-5 Giants were absolute underdogs going into Mile-High Stadium - or whatever they call it these days - as reflected in head coach Ben McAdoo's statement in this paragraph, yet the beginning of the paragraph states that they were favored to win by 13.5 points. How did that go unnoticed?



5. There's an "a" where an "and" should be and a space where a hyphen should be between "especially" and "powerful".



6. When filling space at the end of an article with a scoring rundown, chronology is always in order (do we watch games by starting at the end and working our way backward?). Here, apparently, someone thought it would be a good idea to do it blog-like: latest post first. It's like reading an email thread - start at the bottom and work your way up.



7. Over in "Better Living", someone forgot "Better Grammar" and neglected to use a "Neither" before using "Nor". It just doesn't make any sense when read.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 17, 2017, 03:00:06 PM
It just never ends.........


1. Does the word "laugher" refer to the game or the "score" that precedes it?


2. I see we're back to this stupidity again. The Astros are ahead two games to one going into tonight's game. FOUR games are needed to win the series. How is there a question as to whether tomorrow's game is necessary?


3. The "t" needs an "o".


4. The "It' " needs an "s".


5. False: Toms River to the Bronx is 90 miles and takes an hour and 42 minutes to get there. Toms River to the Philadelphia Phillies ballpark is 62 miles away and the drive takes an hour and a half. DO SOME RESEARCH!


6. This sentence is screaming for a comma after "Montgomery".


7. This is not Aaron Hicks.


8. THIS is Aaron Hicks.


9. This is REALLY an empty-headed caption. Exactly how does one "get ready to round third base"? And if there IS an answer to that, how does this photo illustrate that preparation?

At the bare minimum, why not just write that he's rounding third base? Boring, but it's least it's factual.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 18, 2017, 01:00:53 PM
1. The title of a book should be set apart by either italics or quotation marks.

2. "the ugliest of swings" would be a single item, so the verb should be "hits". The fact that the plural "swings" is in the phrase is irrelevant.

3. I think he asked "to meet her" - not "to met her".

4. Again? Why is there a question about Friday's Game 6 when the teams are tied at 2 games apiece and the series is a best of seven? It can't possibly end before Friday, so the game is kinda necessary.

Duh!


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 19, 2017, 01:30:02 PM
A quintet of corrections awaits below:


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 21, 2017, 01:15:00 PM
Let's start with an interesting video from The Record that was sent to me by fellow member Homer Jones. Actually, it's the title over the video that draws your attention because it declares that there's a new county in New Jersey:

"Pedestrian crashes spur crackdown in Paterson county"

See for yourself: https://njersy.co/2gxuwDN


Today's gremlins:

1. I guess redundant credit is better than no credit at all...........BUT IT'S STILL REDUNDANT!


2. Some space cadet left one out.


3. Speaking of space cadets, another one thinks that Game 7 in a series that's tied at 3 games apiece might not be necessary. Can somebody please explain how the postseason works to whoever creates these "helpful" schedules?


4. There's a very "TELLing" omission in this sentence.


5. It seems that every Record writer is confused about the use of "and" followed by a comma. Here's when it should be used:

...when "and" is being used to coordinate two independent clauses. An independent clause is a group of words that has a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a sentence. In the following example, the independent clauses are in brackets:

    [Miguel took piano lessons for sixteen years], and [today he is an accomplished performer].

The use of the comma would also apply when any of the seven coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet) join two independent clauses.

Notice in the next example that we do not use a comma before "and" because it does not join two independent clauses but merely joins two verbs:

    Miguel took piano lessons for sixteen years and today is an accomplished performer.

Here we have only one independent clause—two verbs ("took" and "is") but one subject ("Miguel").

In two different articles on the same page (5S), the same writer was really confused, using both versions multiple times - some right and some wrong - but never with any consistency. I'm not posting the articles because it's too time-consuming to list all the similar problems, it would take up too much space and you don't really care.


6. I'd rather take up too much space with something else because The Record took up too much space in printing a story yesterday about a former Bergen Catholic quarterback from Hillsdale named Tanner McEvoy who is returning to the area as a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks when they play the Giants this Sunday at MetLife Stadium. They reprinted it again today - albeit somewhat shorter - with the same picture (to fill up space?).

Basically, they took a writer's story and sliced out a couple of paragraphs (to fit the space?). What remains is not rewritten and the byline is the same...............essentially, it's verbatim filler.

Of the last three images, the first two are from yesterday and the third one is from today.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 22, 2017, 01:15:01 PM
1. Well, lookee here - they finally got it right...............no "unnecessary" games questions.


Back to getting it wrong:

2. "COULD"


3. Splitting an unsplittable word


4. "GAMES"


5. "MEANT"


6. "EXISTS"


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 23, 2017, 12:39:58 PM
One or two (or thirteen) little items today:

1. "...the he New York Post..."?

2. "The was the recurring  theme..."?

3. "And ti was a total team effort." (There's no "ti" in "team".)

4. "...Girardi..." what? "said"? A paper isn't doing much informing when it makes its readers guess.

5. Initially, the only thing to fix was a missing "of" before the last two words, but when I jumped from the print edition to the straight online edition, "sea-son" popped it (it had been split properly between sentences in the print edition).

6. "...will now assembling..."?

7. Shouldn't there be an "I" before "love"?

8. If you make mistakes, you make (or create) blunders - you don't take them (read the line before it). Would you say, "I took a mistake" if you made one?

9. Taking out the "along with linebacker Darron Lee" part, you have a sentence that reads, "Then he gave let Stills get loose for the game-tying touchdown."  Oy.

10. & 11. These are from two different stories by the same writer on the same page. I've included the next line of each story to show that they are, indeed, from two different stories. I'm seeing more and more of this type of repetition from the same respected writer lately, but he never did this in the Borg days, so I'm guessing that someone is fooling around with his stories.

And to think.........before I saw the larger picture, I was only going to post these because of one word: "entangle". The officials weren't waiting for the players to entangle - they were already entangled. The word that both stories needed was "untangle".

12. The second of those two stories finished with backwards game-scoring (darker print). Why would anyone consider this to be a good idea?

13. After those dozen doozies, we head over to the Better Living section and a story about diners.

"Why they are an icon"? Why is plural singular? "Why they are iconic" might be better. And why doesn't the last sentence end with a question mark? Is it not a question?




Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 24, 2017, 12:00:00 PM
1. In fewer words, pluses = minuses.


2. Read the first paragraph. Shouldn't the second paragraph begin with something like, "It's quite another thing to..."?

ALSO: "...patience over impulsive..."? Noun over adjective? Wouldn't "impulse" or "impulsiveness" fit better?


3. How did "returning" become "retraining"?

Unlike in the print edition, there's no space here between "21" and "snaps".


4. Who can forget when Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace? Here's your answer.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 25, 2017, 01:40:01 PM
Not too bad today: one misspelling and one slightly-odd caption.

1. The Jets' GM is Mike Maccagnan - not Maccaganan.

2. "...second from bottom right..." in this caption implies that there are identifiable people in the upper part of the picture. There aren't. "...second from right..." is all that's needed.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 26, 2017, 11:38:34 AM
1. The comma isn't needed and change "are" to "is" (unless "Atlanta are off to a shaky start" sounds right to you).


2.  Unnecessary hyphen should not be there.


3. What a great photo this would be: 3 large men sitting in a sideline seat! With their salaries, you'd think each could afford his own seat.  ;)


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 27, 2017, 11:55:04 AM
Besides 3 different sections of today's Record, we also have contributions from its local weekly - The Hackensack Chronicle.

1&2. Let's start right off with two versions of something on the front (1A) page. In the straight online version, the caption is exactly where it should be - right under the photo. In the print version, it's about a half a mile away.


3. On the very next page, we find this "sentence". It shows 8 words.......it needs 11, like maybe add "failed to respond" or "did not respond" after "rapper"?


4. On the third page of the Local section, I have a proposition about a preposition: change "to" to "from". "third to the right" means you're starting from the left, while "third from the right" means you're starting from the right. In this particular case, you wind up with the same guy from either direction (in a lineup of 5 people, "3" is always in the middle), but if there were 4 or 6 in the lineup, the result would be different.

Why not just write "(middle)"?


5. On the 6th page of the Local section, a hyphen is missing. It should read "months-old".


6. Only one minor problem in Sports today: change "sat" to "sit".


On to The Chronicle:

7. In a weekly, you obviously can't expect to read only yesterday's news and you might skip the week-old news because it's........well, old news. - you've read it before.

If you go back to my October 5 post, you'll find a mention of my annoyance at the banal phrase, "looks on". THREE WEEKS after the publication of that story, it's the Chronicle's front page story, with the same caption (except they changed "Wednesday" to "Oct 5"). Mom, Mom - still looks on.

Talk about stale news!


8. Slight issue with the word "don". It's a present-tense verb meaning "putting on clothes". These people are not putting on clothes. They presumably donned them at home.

I'm trying to come up with a more appropriate verb to replace "don" in this caption. "Wear" is as boring as "looks on"............how about "sport"? (How about getting a new caption writer for both publications?)



Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 28, 2017, 02:00:00 PM
1. Future writing about last night's game = stale news

2. "I was just try   " =  cliffhanger (tune in tomorrow when this doesn't get resolved)





Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on October 29, 2017, 01:25:30 PM
Why, why, why, why................


1&2. This symbol is used in connection with unidentified currency. Why was it used 3 times in this story? (click to enlarge if the symbol is too small in the story) And why is there no comma after "Of course"?

3. Why is "joined" capitalized?

4. Why isn't "storm-proofing" hyphenated in this front-page secondary headline?


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 01, 2017, 11:20:02 AM
The Record appears to have undergone a bit of design change and the last couple of days have shown fewer errors/omissions. I don't know if those two things are related, but let's hope they are.

A couple of errors a day DO add up, so here's what's accumulated since Monday:

October 30

1. Isn't "isn't" missing?

2. You can't put an apostrophe at the end of "can't". It sticks out like an even sorer thumb when the next two sentences do it correctly.


October 31

3. "jimmies"? Short, easy-to-make kicks are referred to as "gimmies"................unless, of course, ice cream cones were involved somehow.


November 1

4. You NEVER use an apostrophe when pluralizing words! (and that goes for every lawn sign that shows the family surname, like "The Smith's", which denotes singular possession) The Smith's.......what? The Smith's House? Even that's wrong. It should be "The Smiths' House".

5. Read the sentences next to each "X". It's pretty clear that the Jets will be playing the Buffalo Bills tomorrow night. So why is the last sentence necessary?


The TV Time Sunday supplement

Lastly, remember the problems I posted about concerning the paper implying that certain baseball playoff games might be unnecessary, when that were absolutely necessary? The TV Time section made if even worse for the two most important World Series games - Game 6 and Game 7 - which were scheduled for last night and tonight. Because these listings are prepared well in advance, they SHOULD have blocked off the space and added "if necessary" to the Channel 5 (FOX) listings beginning at 8pm each night.

Instead, there's no mention whatsoever of the possibility of FOX's biggest moneymaker of the year being played on those nights. Instead, they simply listed all the regular shows that run during those time periods.

This may not be The Record's fault because I think the listings are supplied by an outside source, but it sure doesn't help the paper's image.

NOTE: The October 29, 2017 date on each is the date that the TV Time was published - not the Tuesday or Wednesday listings dates.

Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 02, 2017, 10:40:00 AM
1. Do you think they might have left out "think" as the third word?

2. While "games" is a plural word, "playing games" is a singular thing, so "don't" should be "doesn't". Just take out "on Thursday night" and see which sounds better.

3, 4. Over-punctuation strikes twice. Lose the apostrophe from "Thursday's" (never pluralize with an apostrophe) and the comma after "well" (there's no second subject after it).

5. This is NOT Record-related, but it's IN today's paper, so it's fair game. Isaac Newton is not Gorgh's ancestor - he's a descendant. An ancestor is one from whom a person is descended. Gorgh would be Newton's ancestor.

Important stuff, huh?


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 03, 2017, 11:34:59 AM
1. Two stupid for words


2. How can anyone still not know when to use "less" and "fewer"? If the noun is a singular word that can be pluralized by adding an "S" (like "yard/yards"), you always use "fewer" - this case, fewer yards. If the noun can't be pluralized that way, i.e., a collective noun (like "yardage"), you use "less". Think of it this way: if you don't drive as much as you used to, you're using LESS gas (or FEWER gallons) than you used to. Does "fewer gas" sound right to anyone?

After a couple of decades, the people who write TV commercials STILL can't figure out that "less calories" sounds incredibly ignorant to anyone with a decent grasp of the language.


3. Can anyone figure out what this part of a headline is talking about? Did the Mets lose a long, 22-inning game to the Nats yesterday? How could that be? The season ended 2 days ago.


4. Well, here's your answer. When was the last time you saw someone's name not begin with a capital letter - especially in a headline?



Say what you want about the previous ownership of The Record, but these types of errors almost never occurred in the paper back then. Now that it's a near-daily, multiple occurrence, it seems that attaining a mastery of 3rd-grade-level spelling and grammar is nearly impossible.




Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 05, 2017, 11:30:02 AM
A half-dozen little annoying things, starting with one from yesterday:

1. So I'm reading the SATURDAY paper on SATURDAY morning, looking at the TV listings to see what's on that evening, when I see the picture and blurb for The Breeders' Cup at 8pm. But instead of saying "Tonight at 8pm", it says "Saturday at 8pm", as if the paper I was reading was from an earlier day in the week, meaning SATURDAY was in the future.


2. Did you know that Jimi Hendrix pre-formed something at Woodstock? Neither did I.


3. From today's TV Time weekly TV listings section: As everyone knows, the name of the magazine is "Rolling Stone".

On another note, TV Time recently underwent a makeover in which they decided that the day should no longer have 24 hours. Instead, they cut it to 16. According to TV Time, TV no longer exists from midnight to 8am ("but here's a bunch of useless junk to fill in the spaces to make it OK").

They fixed what wasn't broken................how thoughtful.


On to the sports section - the treasure error trove of the paper:

4. How do we know that this dull-as-dishwater, generic caption is accurate? Maybe he's on the sidelines. What indicates that he's "getting ready for a play"? What action on his part shows this in the photo?


5. You'd think they could have moved the schedule a tiny bit to the left to accommodate the date. There was plenty of room. Sloppy.


6. Look how many lines you have to read before you realize that it's a quote without the starting quotation marks.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 06, 2017, 03:00:06 PM
1&2. Today starts off with an odd visual in the comics (print edition only). The colors start to get weird mainly in the right half of the three strips (a tan sweater becomes half-tan and half-pink and then all pink). In the second image (online edition), there are no such problems (except for the online controls that overlayed on part of the images).

3. Where did "at" come from?

4. Anyone have a clue how "Wej've" is pronounced?

5. It started off OK with the first comma, but forgot the second one after "Eagles".

6. Unless the game is still going on, the word should be "appeared".

7. "at" should be "and" (unless - of course - fans were agreeing with the jeering fans and cheered them on).


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 07, 2017, 11:00:00 AM
1. Why did the first question get a question mark and the second one didn't?


2. So where's the statement?


3. Ever hang a picture? Basically, you put it in a frame and hang it from a nail in the wall. I doubt that this "skyscraper-size image" - as the article refers to it - is hanging from a wall, as the caption infers.

The writer of the article is Steve Popper, who's written for The Record for quite a while. He is not a staff photographer, as what's under the caption states. He's a writer who covers the Knicks and took a photo while he was near the Garden. It's cheaper than sending a real staff photographer along with him just to take that picture (pictures of the game in The Record were taken by a USA Today photographer).


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 09, 2017, 11:30:01 AM
1. Once or twice a week, The Record print edition puts the Main and Sports sections inside a 1.5-page overlay ad, where the top of the half front pages are copies of the real pages and line up perfectly with the actual front pages. Didn't quite line up today.


2. "phrase" - not "phase"


3. "too" - not "to" (how did they manage to get it right just 3 words later?)


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 10, 2017, 07:22:44 PM
1. Major screw-up here when the paper has no idea what country the president was in last Tuesday.


2. Lesser screw-ups here. The first one should be "Derek" and the second one is extremely obbbvious.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 11, 2017, 01:00:00 PM
1&2. The error is in the second one, but because that enlargement cuts out most of the headline, I've included the full headline first.

It's another article about how Puerto Rico is still struggling because of Hurricane Maria. The problem is that the sub-headline says that the storm happened 7 months ago, while the first line of the second paragraph states - correctly - that it occurred 7 weeks ago. While I'm sure it must feel like 7 months ago to those affected, this mistake is just thoughtless.


3. If it's inspired by Gulen, then you have to use a hyphen: Gulen-inspired.


4. Speaking of hyphens, the underlined "word" is in dire need of one: male-centric.


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 14, 2017, 06:05:15 PM
From yesterday:

1. The QB's first name is Jameis - not James.


Today:

2. The caption on an almost-identical photo of McAdoo (see my November 8 post) said he was "reacting". Today, it's the dreaded "looks on". Both captions are uninformative, empty-headed and created without the benefit of a single brain cell.


3. They're "discussing a play"? Seriously?


4. The last letter of the last word in the last sentence of the last paragraph? SOOOOOOO close!


4a. If The Record wrote song titles...............


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 15, 2017, 04:04:33 PM
1. Wow! They actually remember that he was TALKING in this 18 year-old photo! And because he has a HEADSET on, he couldn't possibly be whistling, sucking on a lemon ball or grimacing as a Jets QB gets clotheslined. Remarkable!


2. Shouldn't there be a "to" after "close"?


3. "Everyday" is an adjective. It should read, "every day". An everyday activity is something you do every day.


4. This is the Jets' bye week............at least I thought it was. But according to the writer, it's their bye year because he says that the next game is on September 26 (OK - bye 10 months).
Absolutely sloppy!


Title: Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
Post by: BLeafe on November 15, 2017, 05:15:03 PM
Because I'll be out of commission for a while, this might be a good time to wrap this up. If "my favorite paper" doesn't get the point by now - and they clearly don't - they never will. Of course, if I see something in the future that's SO remarkably stupid, I reserve the right to share it with people who have at least a minor command of the language and its rules. Feel free to post any glaring miscues yourself.

Since I've already posted today's stumbles, I'll leave you with something that - while technically not incorrect - is something that the paper has been doing since the takeover that's SO lazy, limiting, annoying (and frequent), that I've been collecting them for for the last 3 weeks or so, just to see how many there would be and how often they resort to this cheap excuse for a story.

The answer is 22 (plus one bit of sarcomicastic relief). Unfortunately, I can only include 20 images in a post, so 3 were omitted.

If you want to write for The Record and your favorite number isn't 5, you're out, because everything can be explained, solved and used as filler through the magic of FIVE.

How else would you explain the over-dependence on this lazy tool?

Ready? (and why is there a period in the first one?............plus, they doubled-down on 5 in the last image on a topic that grips the heart and soul of every reader)