The Associated Press needs a copy editor to keep it from misspelling words in its headlines.
Especially in a headline like this one.
It might not be so bad if that were all. But that same story — with that same misspelled headline — has been pushed out to newspapers all over the country. Each of which slap AP stories onto their own web sites without so much as a human eyeball to check over them.
Resulting in something like this.
Even Google News‘ search function can detect a problem!
Those screen snapshots were taken right around noon today. See the story here, at the AP’s own Web site. Thanks to the (former) McClatchy Watch blogger for pointing this out on Twitter today and to Andy Bechtel of the University of North Carolina for retweeting it.
You know who else needs a copy editor?
Local TV news operations. Chicago’s WMAQ-TV in particular. And Harrisburg’s Fox43 TV news. And Local 15 News in Mobile, Ala. And other local TV news operations. And creators of mobile apps. And Martha Stewart’s TV operation. And Baseball jersey manufacturers. And T-shirt designers. And Georgetown University. And Kansas State University. And the New York Jets, the Minnesota Vikings, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals (boy, do they need a copy editor). And the National Hockey League. And Fox Sports. And college athletic department ticket offices. And the Virginia general assembly. And college alumni magazines. And pharmacies. And the makers of Sudafed. And Borders bookstore. And government agencies and political candidates. And Tea Party candidates. And city and county Boards of Elections. And the state of Pennsylvania. And the U.S. Postal Service. And South African traffic cops. And road paving contractors. And the Ohio Dept. of Transportation. And billboard companies. And sign painters. And Home Depot and manufacturers of â€œhoodies.â€ And rubber stamp designers. And glass etchers. And restaurants, breakfast joints, Chinese restaurants and cake decorators. And more cake decorators. And drive-in movie theater managers. And South Africa’s New Age and Sunday Independent newspapers. And Dublin’s Sunday Business Post. And newspapers in the U.K. And the Washington Post, the New York Times (Hey! A repeat offender!) the New York Post, Newsday, the Chicago Sun-Times (Another repeat offender!), the Rochester, N.Y., Democrat & Chronicle, the Missoula, Mont., Missoulian, the Times-Record of Denton, Md., the Amarillo (Texas) Globe News, the Waynesboro News Virginian, the Virginian-Pilot, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Carbondale, Ill., Southern Illinoisian, and Time magazine. And Mann’s Jeweler’s Accent magazine. And CNN and CNN Money and Fox News (and Fox News again) and German news channel N24. And Google Newsâ€™ â€˜bots.