Monday, November 24, 2014

Herald Boo-Boo Watch parts 32-35

Herald Boo-Boos are piling up on my desk. Time to clean it off.

I am unable to reproduce an image of boo-boo #32 because it was just a teensy bit too large to fit on my scanner. So you'll have to be content with a written description.

There was an editorial on Sunday November 16th entitled China climate change pact changes debate. It was under the heading "The Herald's View" which I found peculiar because I wouldn't expect our puny, semi-local Herald editorial board to tackle such a significant international topic. And I was right, for at the end it was signed "Bay Area News Group" indicating that it originated with a San Francisco Bay Area newspaper, and not the Herald. Typically editorials written elsewhere are listed under the heading "Other Views" so their origins are clear.


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Number 33 was on page B-1 of that same day. It had an interesting story about the grave of a dog located at Carmel's Forest Theater. It included a photo of a painting of the dog, but just to be clear, the article was about the dog and the grave, not the painting. So why was the article continued on page 2 under the heading "Art"? "Dog" would have made perfect sense, as would have "grave" or "Pal" (the dog's name). No doubt some underpaid paste-up guy saw the photo and concluded the story was about the painting.


This article also gave us a bonus boo-boo. The picture caption called it "An portrait of Pal."

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Moving along to November 23rd, the "Your Town" news briefs had an item with an improperly formatted headline that looked like normal text. 


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Finally, we have a November 24th story about that San Francisco window washer who survived an 11-story fall. The headline said "Physicist: Car broke man's 11-story fall." The article had only three paragraphs. The first one briefly described the fall. The second described the man's current condition. The third said KCBS radio asked a physicist how the poor man was able to survive. The end. The explanation was apparently cut out for lack of space. How stupid can Harold get?

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