Journalese of the Day: Twilight of copy editing

I’m not a grammar cop. I even manage to stay silent when I hear college kids say, “Me and her went…” But when a Boston Globe, page one, Aug. 19, 2016, story runs this headline,”When Ben Franklin fell, they knew just who to call,” I wonder to whom I should direct a dope-slap. I suppose a copy-editor deserves it, but it would be hard to find one. Maybe Ben Franklin’s statue in front of Old City Hall collapsed in despair at the state of journalism. And grammar.

-Robert Skole

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