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Letters to the Editor

Exaggeration

January 20, 2010

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To the editor:

Some rules of proper English are quite simple. In order to use the plural of any word, there must be at least two in number of the item pluralized. Saturday’s front page contained an article relating to a “tea party” event held in Topeka at which our local representative, Lynn Jenkins, “whipped up a crowd of about a hundred people.” Although there are no strict rules as to what number of people justifies the use of the word “crowd,” there is nothing to justify the language of the headline of this article which read “Hundreds rally against federal mandates.”

It would have been more accurate for the headline to read “Dozens rally against federal mandates.” I suppose the more accurate headline would not serve the purposes of the writer and editor of the article or the promoter and supporters of the “tea party” movement. It is nice to know that we in Lawrence are safe from that “left leaning liberal media.”

Comments

labmonkey 4 years, 11 months ago

I've also seen the LJworld report "dozens" of people protesting at the Westar plant with Greenpeace when it might have been a stretch saying a dozen were there.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Is it still okay for Dear Leader to proclaim that he has saved or created 8 billion jobs this year?

bliddel 4 years, 11 months ago

me am thinks Mr. Leans are, correct because if the crowd is been their between 80 to 100 then its only one hundred. If youze disagree yous can. contact Myself so they're,

Oh, sorry, I was dumbing myself down to the current typical grammatical level of "journalist". If we could sue journalists for grammatical malpractice, then malpractice insurance for journalists would be very expensive.

Jimo 4 years, 11 months ago

It is surprising how poor headlines often are in general and how much spin they can contain at times.

For example, much talk has been going on since R. Murdoch took over the Wall Street Journal about the propensity for the headlines to not match with the actual story. (The takeover limited Murdoch's ability to interfere with the quality of the standard reporting but apparently that doesn't extend to crafting headlines.)

Today's WSJ blares: "Obama Retreats on Health" If this were accurate, it would indeed be news. Likewise, the inside pages proclaim "Setback Spurs Democratic Infighting" where the "infighting" apparently is limited to differing opinions on the exact strategy to be pursued. (Meanwhile, more and more 'Tea Party' candidates file to oppose one GOP stalwart after another, but that doesn't qualify as "infighting.")

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

"Jim Jeans" ... huh, didn't he have a children's show in the 60's or 70's?

I can't believe this qualified as a letter to the editor, using a grammar pedantry to actually take a swipe at average americans protesting the radical shift and wasteful behavior of the federal government? seems like Mr. Fleen Jeans himself engages in a little disception...


Jimo, its shiney side out bud. worth noting the WSJ is actually growing in coverage and subscrbers unlike all the wacko left news outlets like the NY Times for example.
hmmm, kinda like Fox News is growing, huge viewership. gee, it must be another conspiracy. maybe they've rigged the ratings?

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