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Saturday, October 01, 2005

When Editors Mess Up

As a manager/leader, I was always opposed to "change for the sake of change" when reviewing documents that came up for my approval. I figured that even if it wasn't necessarily exactly the way I would have written it, as long as it did the job it was OK -- I remembered how pissed off I'd get when someone would change my work for no apparent reason, and I didn't want to do that to my guys.
Also, I didn't want to take the risk of changing something that was right to something that is wrong (which brings us to the point of this post). Check out this article from the Portsmouth Herald on the move of USS Maine (SSBN-741) from Kings Bay, GA, to Bremerton, WA. Notice in particular the headline (at least until they change it): "USS Maine heads to D.C."
Here's what probably happened: The copy writer for the AP submits their story with the title "USS Maine heads to Washington", and then either for reasons of brevity or "change for the sake of change" the editor changes "Washington" to "D.C." -- rendering the headline completely inaccurate.
(Random thought: I'm not even sure a Trident could make it up the Potomac without running aground...)

Edited 2300 01 Oct to correct a stupid error...


Blogger geezernuke said...

Use to have a plaque over my desk that stated,"There is a human drive that is stronger than all other drives, even sex or hunger. That drive is the desire to change someone elses copy."

I had to line through the word "change" and replace it with "revise".

10/01/2005 10:04 PM

Blogger ninme said...

Have you ever seen that Family Guy where the Griffin's lot is erased from the City maps? So they just declare themselves their own country?

I swear no one in the press would notice we were gone. They always have to say "Washington, the state", never "Washington, the city", or "Washington, the nation's capital", or "Washington, DC".

We could secede, declare ourselves a sovereign nation, and invade Idaho, and the National press would say, "Washington!?!" "No, Washington State." "Oh never mind. Hey I think Karl Rove/Bill Bennet/Tom DeLay ate his take-out out of Styrofoam last night!" "Yeah, baby! His ass is *grass*!"

10/02/2005 12:50 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

I think New Mexico has it pretty bad too, but there isn't any other state where someone has to say "Washington State". You're a state, darnit, not a football team!
Re: The Family Guy -- can anyone other than the dog understand Stewie?

10/02/2005 12:56 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ninme -

Back in '67 or '68 the state of Wisconsin issued a new official road map - which omitted a small town which had been on the previous edition. The town declared itself independent, set up "border crossings," and started insisting that visitors "from the US" show passports.

Don't remember how long the situation lasted....

RM1(SS) (ret)

10/02/2005 8:21 AM

Blogger ninme said...

Well everyone can understand Stewie. I think the way to understand it is that babies (Stewie especially, given his towering intellectl) say things like, "Excuse me, mother, but I'd like some dinner now, because I am rather hungry, and I'd prefer not to wait. Don't look at me like that, just feed me! You horrid woman where are you going!" Whereas what really comes out is "Gurgle, hungie, waaaah!!!" The dog tends to have more involved conversations with him, so presumably, being a dog, he understands Stewie as Stewie understands himself. Of course no one really knows and the ambivalence on the subject is sort of a running joke.

That Wisconsin thing probably lasted as long as it took for anyone from outside to drive through the town and put a stop to it. And given what I know about Wisconsin, that could have lasted quite a long time.

10/02/2005 3:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ninme -

Google the phrase "the sovereign state of Winneconne" for the full story.

RM1(SS) (ret)

10/02/2005 6:23 PM


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