Monday, July 24, 2006

Asinine ad lib...

...from CNN's John Roberts:

Typically Middle East conflicts don't usually have much of an effect on us here in the United States, but the world is changing.

I don't mean to be harsh, I've never been on air, but this is serious empty-suit territory.

Sunday, July 23, 2006


Can we please strike the word listed from our collective broadcast vocabulary? To say someone is listed in critical condition adds an extra word and a useless passive construction (listed by whom?) to a sentence. Just say the victim is in critical condition and leave it at that.

Record high? Sort of...

It's a staple of Sunday newscasts these days -- the every-other-week Lundberg survey of nationwide gasoline prices. But the AP did its clients a disservice tonight by touting the results of the latest survey as an "all-time high."

Reuters was more cautious -- and accurate -- calling it simply the highest price in 25 years. That's because if you adjust for inflation, gasoline was actually taking a bigger bite out of people's wallets in the spring of 1981 -- and prices nowadays would have to jump another 16 cents to reach that level.

At the rate we're going, the real all-time high isn't far off. But anyone working off just the AP story ended up jumping the gun tonight.