A look at the downward spiral of the newspaper industry in the 21st century.
Because no news is bad news
I was a daily columnist at a major metropolitan newspaper for more than three decades. The third or fourth year, I began writing my own headlines because the copy editors did such a lousy job of that very simple task. If I wrote a humorous column, some copy editor would invariably shorten it by cutting it from the bottom, thus editing out the punch line. Once a copy editor changed "Carry Nation" to "Carrie Nation." When I asked why, he said, "Because 'Carry' would be perceived as an error by the readers." (I kid you not.) I could go on for hours ... my point being -- spare me, please, the phony claim that copy editors are necessary for producing a quality product. I cringed every time I delivered my column to the copy desk from Day One to Day 12,045.
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