I’ve got a crazy idea for a new television network. Bear with me because it’s kinda out there, like Ted Turner out there. But here’s my idea:
I think we need a 24-hour cable news network — all news, all the time. When something happens in the world, you can go to that channel to learn more about it. And, vice versa, if you’re not sure what important news is happening in the world, you can turn to that channel and learn what that might be.
What’s that you say? We already have 24-hour news channels? Oh, I beg to differ.
We used to have 24-hour news channels. Now, we have 24-hour punditry — on Fox News, on CNN and I assume on MSNBC, which I don’t watch. Everything now is a discussion and staging of right vs. left on every issue.
“Welcome to CNN Tonight, I’m Don Lemon. Tonight, Donald Trump has dinner with Mitt Romney. He had a grilled chicken sandwich and a kosher dill pickle. To my left is Fred Finklestein, who supports Vlassic Kosher Dills, and to my right is Sally Saltheimer, a Heinz Zesty Dill backer.” Continue reading
I’m not a fan of overtly biased media — whether it’s left-leaning MSNBC or right-leaning Fox News. I do expect a little more from CNN.
Lately, though, CNN’s online posts and social media posts have been littered with basic grammatical errors, often in headlines and such. This latest one from CNN’s mobile app wondering “whom” will replace Justice Scalia rises to the top of their recent errors as it would stand to reason that it’s not a typo and that someone made the conscious decision to give the word “whom” new life in the subjective form.
Now, I’m not a grammar Nazi, and I’ve made my share of errors. Most of those errors were in print, even in headlines. That meant that we had to live with our mistakes. But errors online and in social media can be corrected, usually within seconds. I still make errors from time to time in posts. You might not catch them, however, because I’m conscientious and, apparently, not as lazy as CNN.
Of course, I’m just a yupneck with a website and a part-time newspaper columnist gig. My credibility is not at stake when I make an error. CNN’s credibility is at stake. It’d be nice to know they cared about that once in a while.
Perhaps if we renamed mistakes “Trumps,” CNN would give them more attention — maybe even too much.
UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed the other side of not understanding who/whom: