CNN.com makes my heart hurt
CNN.com, that bastion of journalistic integrity, is making my eyes cross today. First, it has a headline about the BTK case: "Accused BTK serial killer pleads not guilty." No, no, no! An accused serial killer is still a serial killer, not a man accused of being a serial killer. (Then I start thinking, what on earth could a serial killer be accused of that warrants such big play?)
As the New York Times stylebook says: "
Just as an accused stockbroker is a stockbroker, an accused forger is some type of forger. Avoid any construction that implies guilt on the part of someone merely accused, charged or suspected.Then, a little less egregious but equally grating, it has a headline about climate change that says, "Clues to future may lay in past."
That's it. I'm getting off the Internet for a while.