June 24, 2008

Negative inspiration of the day.



"Tim Russert dis his best; we should do likewise."

So, Wisconsin State Journal, is that the way it looks when you are doing your best? That prominent headline has been up in that ironic form for over 8 hours.

14 comments:

Jack Handey said...

Oh, Althouse found a typo!!

That's deep.

Ann Althouse said...

It's not just a typo. It's an ironic typo. About death.

Duke of DeLand said...

Jack Handey has a problem?

Jack, what happened to the "professional media" with layer-upon-layer of fact checkers all making fun of the bloggers?

If you can't see this one, you probably should be writing for the MSM.

HaleAdams said...

Ayup, a typo, brought to us by all those layers upon layers of editors and fact-checkers in the lame-stream media.

(Nuts. Duke of Deland already beat me to the punch.)

It's bad enough, Jack, that the typo happened in the first place. But IT'S STILL THERE, for, what, TEN hours now?

What a bunch of maroons.

To quote Steven Den Beste about the declining fortunes of the MSM: "Where's my microscope? I need it to locate my violin."

Bruce said...

What's worse is that they assume the reader is completely ignorant of probability and statistics. "Let us explain it to you mere mortals."

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Ridiculous! This doesn't have anything to do with fact checkers or mainstream media bias, but rather pure stupidity.

I always make sure everything is perfect before I hit "publish."

BTW I just reposted this, with attribution of course.

AJ Lynch said...

Does J-school make you dumber? I know this just an innocuous yet very poignant typo. But I am serious. Can we get a multi-million $$ govt study going to determine if J-school does in fact make you dumber?

Tim said...

J-school grads are ***NOT*** typing headlines on commentary articles at Wisconsin State Journal online.

Dave said...

Tim, are you *sure* J-school grads aren't typing the headlines? Given the MSM meltdown, how many jobs for J-school grads are out there. (Well, I mean aside from the ones that involve wearing silly hats and/or asking, "You want fries with that?")

AJ Lynch said...

Tim:

My question was aimed at the entire industry not the poor schmuck who got straight A's at Columbia J-school but can't even f-ing proof read (like most of us commuters here heh)

Chip Ahoy said...

I'm not a commuter, I'm a common tater. (who loves unintended ironical appositeness)

Zachary Paul Sire said...

how many jobs for J-school grads are out there.

NONE, trust me.

After I graduated I moved to New York and applied to every single job I saw. I even had referrals and recommendations from my professors, and pretty high-level contacts (thanks to those professors).

But, nothing. Unless I wanted to work as a "paid intern."

What's worse than a regular "j-school grad"? A Literary Journalism grad. There's only a small handful of schools with Literary Journalism programs (UC Irvine being one of them), and the grads from there are either working in a completely unrelated field like marketing or copywriting (i.e. me), still living with their parents, or they're making minimum wage as a mail room clerk at a dying publication like the LA Times.

There's a fluke every once and a while (fellow UCI alum Patrick Appel is Andrew Sullivan's assistant), but all in all, anyone graduating or enrolled in a journalism program is screwed.

Have fun with all the student loans...I sure am.

George said...

I'm beginning to think that Tim Russert's life and passing are the standard by which all others should be measured.

The Eloi elites are self-absorbed and disconnected.

(PS--Going to college to learn how to be a journalist is like going to college to learn how to be a plumber or carpenter. Such programs are ways for colleges to grow their businesses and for parents to give modestly talented children something to do for four years.)

William said...

"Dis" is a a slang term that means disrespect. The headline writer obviously wished to disrepect the best memories of Tim Russert...At a certain level of redaction irony becomes the simple truth.