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Get The Name Right!

I find the Los Angeles Times to be one of the best-written newspapers in the country, but even the best make mistakes from time to time. But I think these mistakes are results of lazy writers and /or editors.

Columnist Bill Plaschke, in writing about how sad it was that the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards was closed to the public because of the recent riots, wrote, “Wednesday was the 23rd anniversary of the beginning of the Los Angeles riots fueled by a Rodney King verdict.”

That simply isn’t true. The Los Angeles riots were the result of four white police officers being acquitted of beating Rodney King. King wasn’t on trial.

Columnist Christ Dufresne, in writing about other poorly attended sporting events that included his college, Cal State Fullerton, wrote, “Looking for home identity, coach Gene Murphy’s Titans rented the bleachers used to line Colorado Boulevard during the annual Rose Bowl Parade.”

The correct name of the parade is the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Columnist Chris Erskine wrote a column in which he gives random thoughts that included this one about the Los Angeles Clippers:  “Hey Clippers fans: As Will Ferrell says, ‘More cowbell!'”

While it’s true Ferrell does say “more cowbell” in the famous SNL sketch (specifically, “If Bruce Dickinson wants more cowbell, we should probably give him more cowbell”), he doesn’t say it as emphatically as Christopher Walken did. In fact, Walken says “more cowbell” four times, including the most famous, “Guess what? I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!”

I know newspapers often have tight deadlines, but I still think that these three mistakes could have been avoided.

Until next time! Use the right words!


April 30, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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